ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jorge Andres has issued an apology to NBA player Jeremy Lin after describing his 21 point, five rebound, three assist performance against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Thursday night as “cooking with some hot peanut oil.”
Minutes later, Andres told viewers “earlier in the show I made a comment about a Jeremy Lin basket that I should not have made. This was clearly a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize. I am very, very sorry for offending anyone, that was never my intention.”
The incident isn’t the first time ESPN has found itself at the center of a storm involving Lin and the issue of race.
In 2012, the station suspended Max Bretos for remarks he made on air about Lin and fired an editor deemed responsible for penning the headline “chink in the armor” in a headline referring to nine turnovers the Asian born, Harvard-educated guard committed in a single game.
“This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny,” editor Anthony Federico later told reporters. “I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.”
Following that incident, Lin told reporters “they’ve apologized, and so from my end, I don’t care anymore. You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional.”