Some people don’t need to go online to talk trash about sports. For others, Twitter is just the bullhorn they need for their spontaneous outbursts of bad-mouthing. No matter how quickly they backpedal, their tweets are still likely to earn them recognition for their unsportsmanlike trash talk.
This time around, it’s boxer Floyd Mayweather who deserves the credit. On his Twitter account February 13, he pulled the race card when describing the sudden success of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise,” Mayweather posted online.
Mayweather, known for previous racially insensitive comments directed towards would-be boxing opponent Manny Pacquiao, defended his original statement after it received coverage. “Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized,” he later Tweeted.
The sports talk shows are buzzing with commentary, some calling foul, others supporting Mayweather.
Whatever the talk, Lin is still taking the NBA by storm. The 23-year-old is the first player in NBA history with at least seven assists and 20 points in all of his four career starts. He’s also scored more points—109—in his first four career starts than any player since the merger of the ABA and NBA in 1976.
If Lin weren’t shaking up the NBA, his race probably wouldn’t matter.