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On Thursday, Lin discussed via a Facebook post the racism that he and other Asian Americans have experienced:
Lin, who played in the NBA for nine seasons, is in his first year with Golden State’s G League affiliate.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr backed the investigation before his team’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
“I echo his sentiments regarding racism against the Asian American community,” Kerr added, per Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s just ridiculous.”
Lin has discussed his experiences with on-court racism in the past, telling ex-NBA teammate Randy Foye in 2017 on Outside Shot that fans and opposing players shouted racist remarks at him when he played for Harvard from 2006 to 2010.
There has been a spike in racist acts against Asians and Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Viet Thanh Nguyen outlining just a few:
Viet Thanh Nguyen @viet_t_nguyen
Jeremy Lin being called “coronavirus” on the court. A man stabbed in the back recently. This family in Orange County, California, harassed by around 20 teenagers. People saying “China virus” and “Kung flu.” Anti-Asian violence and racism is all over this country. https://t.co/Oekf5Scphx
CBS News reported that hate crimes against Asians increased by 867 percent from 2019 to 2020 in New York City.