Jeremy Lin Will Become New Referees’ Pet, To Get Superstar Calls — Finally
Linsanity is back in New York. The player who started a global frenzy in 2012 inked a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason.Advertisement
All eyes will once again be on him as he tries to capture his former glory. Nets fans will also be closely monitoring the officiating around their new franchise player.
Thanks to a comprehensive fan-made video published in April, basketball aficionados are now under the impression that NBA referees are biased against Lin. He has received numerous hard fouls in his career, but not one of them was deemed as a flagrant foul.
The video, which has since garnered close to 2 million views on YouTube, was put together by California mom Hsiu-Chen Kuei. The video showed different instances in which Lin was hacked, clotheslined and sent to the floor by opposing players. Kuei wanted to depict the 6-foot-3 point guard as the victim of extreme physicality and unfair officiating, The New York Times reported.
Soon after the video went viral, Kuei and other concerned fans sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, asking him to do address the issue. In a written reply, the league stated that “while some of the plays in the video involved hard contact, none was subsequently deemed a Flagrant Foul given the full circumstances, angles and comparables from past games.”
Kuei and company did not get a full admission from the NBA, but at least they succeeded in putting the league on notice. Referees should clean up their act as fans are now more observant, especially when Lin is on the court.
The American-born son of Taiwanese immigrants said he was just happy that fans are urging the NBA to review some of the plays. Lin is far from being an NBA superstar. But due to the controversy, it won’t be surprising if he starts getting superstar calls next season.