Linsanity has quieted down these days, but you might remember that a month ago, an ESPN headline writer was fired after a racial slur appeared on the front of ESPN.com and set off a days-long controversy. Now, 800 news cycles later, we find out that Lin reached out to the man at the center of that controversy.
As Newsday reports:
Lin met with Anthony Federico, a 28-year-old Connecticut man, during a Knicks off-day. According to Federico, the two discussed their shared Christian faith and Lin's knee injury. Federico wrote an offensive headline that appeared on ESPN's mobile site for 35 minutes in the early-morning hours of Feb. 19. "It went incredible," Federico said. "I'm just so excited we had a chance to meet. We talked for an hour. I'm just so thankful."
For his part, Lin doesn't want to talk about the meeting, and that almost makes it better. You can say what you want about Lin as a point guard or the whirlwind of absurdity that accompanied his arrival this year, but this was an understated, classy move that came out of nowhere. All of which is to say ... Even if Linsanity's calmed down, Jeremy Lin still seems pretty, pretty great. And isn't that why all this got started in the first place?
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