Floyd Mayweather points to the Asian community’s support of Jeremy Lin as the reason for the Knicks point guard’s success.
While Knicks guard Jeremy Lin was awarded Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors Monday for his explosive five-game stretch, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather dismissed Lin’s success as a product of Asian influence.
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian,” Mayweather tweeted. “Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”
Mayweather, an outspoken African-American fighter, does not have a bout scheduled until May 5 against Miguel Cotto, but he has used race-baiting as a way to draw attention in the past.
In September 2010, Mayweather made racial comments about Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao.
Lin was born in America. His ethnically Chinese parents were born in Taiwan. He has heard racial remarks since Harvard, where fans yelled “Wonton soup” and “Open your eyes” at him.
“I told him they wouldn’t do that if he wasn’t good,” said Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, an African-American.