(Reuters) – Sports network ESPN said Sunday that it had dismissed one employee and suspended another after apologizing on Saturday for an anti-Asian slur that appeared with a story on its website about the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin.

The headline — “Chink in the Armor” — accompanied an online analysis that blamed Lin, a Chinese-American, for the Knick’s surprising 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets at a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

The loss ended the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak.
In a statement Saturday, ESPN called the headline, which was up on the mobile website for about 35 minutes early Saturday morning, “offensive” and “inappropriate”. In an updated statement published on their website on Sunday, ESPN announced that the employee responsible for the Mobile headline had been dismissed, the ESPNEWS anchor involved had been suspended for 30 days, and a radio commentator who had made a similarly offensive reference on Friday on ESPN Radio New York is not actually an ESPN employee.

ESPN concluded by apologizing again to Lin, writing that “his accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community.”

Lin, who contributed to the Knicks’ loss to the Hornets by committing nine turnovers, did not address ESPN’s gaffe on his Twitter site, @JLin7.

But the 23-year-old Harvard graduate, whose on-court heroics have made him a sports sensation and media darling nearly overnight, did talk about his performance in Friday’s game, his first defeat as a Knicks starter.

“9 TOs wont get it done…gotta learn from my mistakes and move on to the next one. See you guys sunday!”

The Knicks played Sunday and “Linsanity” helped them again to a massive win against Dallas Mavericks with 28 Points and a career high of 14 Assits.

Lin, who was rejected by a string of NBA teams, became the unlikely driving force behind the Knicks’ seven consecutive wins.

His surprising performance inspired an outpouring of fan adoration that has been dubbed “Linsanity.”

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