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Boxer Floyd Mayweather says Lin hype about race

Feb 13, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

Floyd Mayweather AP

Floyd Mayweather rarely holds his tongue. Or shy away from racist remarks. Just ask Manny Pacquiao. (Not that it has got them together for a fight.)

So maybe we shouldn’t be shocked when Mayweather tweeted today:

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.”

Lin being Asian-American (the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent) has certainly energized one community of fans and boosted his popularity. Him being in New York and helping salvage that franchise’s season certainly has meant more intense hype as well.

But this phenomenon is not about skin color.

No player in NBA history had scored at least 20 points with seven assists in each of his first four starts until Lin came along. He has averaged 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals in his four starts. His 109 points in those first four starts most by any player since 1976-77.

You get the idea. Lin is blowing up because he is putting up historic numbers — the fact he is doing it on the NBA’s biggest media stage may fuel the hype, but the hype itself is well deserved.

The tweets, that’s just a media hound in Floyd being Floyd.

  1. lunasceiling - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Looks like someone’s taken a few too many blows to the head…

  2. SOBEIT - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Why is everyone getting so upset with Floyd…be gentle with the mentally challenged. He gets punched in the head for a living. At some point, it does damage.

  3. AlohaMrHand - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Floyd should be sitting in jail right now.Racist,ignorant and he abuses women and threatens children with violence.Why is boxing in the toilet?because the sports best fighter is one of the worst human beings on earth.

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM


  5. knicks4life - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    In a way he’s rite

  6. epoddude - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    For Floyds info please click golf on your search engine to
    see a brother who is hyped for NOT playing. Sport is a HUMAN
    activity and builds the human spirit unless Floyd disqualifies
    Asians as having no spirit nor being part of the human race.
    But then maybe math was not his favorite subject.

  7. granadafan - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Hmm, I wonder what Floyd “#I’mafraidofManny” Mayweather thought of a certain half black/half Asian golfer who did rather well on the golf course? Certainly race played nooooooooooooo factor at all in his celebrity as he hung out with famous black athletes and celebrities such as Michael Jordan. I didn’t see Jordan hanging out with Phil Mickelson. It’s hard to take seriously a dimwitted person who gets paid to be punched in the face for a living.

  8. seth1975 - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Floyd is right. That said, Lin is probably the only Asian in the NBA right now. That’s why he’s getting all the publicity and carte blanche on the court. Can you imagine some undrafted scrub taking the final shot in a game and making himself the #1 option? Talk about undeserved entitlement and delusions of grandeur. All the black players know they’d better shut-up and even Knicks management want to ride this hoopla for all its worth. So Lin has free reign until inevitably he hits the wall.

    And to the guy who says Lin brings skills other players don’t have, I guess you don’t watch basketball much. Lin is a turnover prone, defensive liability, below average player with poor shooting and poor court vision. Get any point guard from the D-League, tell him he can do whatever he wants on the court without fear of repercussions and I guarantee you they will do at least as well as Lin. Many will do better than Lin.

    • John Virata - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      wow, you must not watch basketball either.

    • dirkified - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Seth, try watching his 9 games before making posts like the that. I am a Mav’s fan but I like the story behind this. How many Harvard grads do we have in the NBA? How many Harvard players have EVER played in the NBA.. Yeah, he is asian.. good for him. I really do not see anyone saying “look, there is a asian guy in the nba” other than Mayweather type people.. you know.. racists..

  9. 24thesho - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    That is so, so ignorant. Stick to boxing. Please! When you have footage to contradict his statement, it’s even more absurd. Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Derek Rose, Rajon Rondo. Ricky Rubio. These guys are great! Three different nations. Lin has been winning, not because his Asian-American. This is NYC and that just wouldn’t fly here. You’ve got to ball to get this attention! Not just be Chinese_American. C’mon now. What do you do with all of that money? Because it sure hasn’t gone to your education. Manny Paquiao is Asian. Would he be lucky if he whipped your behind? Would be because he’s Asian or would it be because he’s Southeast Asian? I am black, by the way.

  10. 24thesho - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    And btw, clearly, a lot of black players haven’t been doing what he’s been doing, otherwise the Knicks would have found a point gaurd a long while ago.

  11. mystereo - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Mayweather is just another angry and jealous black woman.

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