ESPN anchor apologizes for joke about Jeremy Lin ‘cooking with peanut oil’

Jorge Andrés made the comment during highlights from Thursday night's Houston Rockets-New York Knicks game.
By Evan Bleier   |   Nov. 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM   |   Comments

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Nov. 15 (UPI) -- “Linsanity” might be over, but apparently making racially-charged comments about Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is still going strong.

While doing highlights of Thursday night's Houston Rockets-New York Knicks game, ESPN anchor Jorge Andrés somehow thought it was a good idea to make a reference about Lin "cooking with some hot peanut oil.”

About 40 minutes later, Andrés issued the standard on-air apology:

"Now earlier in this show, I made a comment about a Jeremy Lin basket that I should not have made. This was clearly a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize. I'm very, very sorry for offending anyone. That was never my intention."

In February 2012, ESPN fired an online editor for running a story showing a picture of
Lin with the headline "Chink In The Armor."

“ESPN has apologized,” Lin said of the headline at the time. “I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever. At the same time, they’ve apologized, and so from my end I don’t care anymore. [You] have to learn to forgive. And I don’t even think that was intentional, or hopefully not."

The Rockets won Thursday night’s game at MSG 109-106.

[Huffington Post]

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