SIN BIN: Former Raptor Jeremy Lin won't say who called him 'coronavirus' on court

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Former basketball star Jeremy Lin doesn’t see the value in naming the player who ignorantly called him “coronavirus” during a game in the G League, the NBA’s developmental league.

Lin’s recent revelation about the incident had caused quite a stir and the G League told ESPN it was going to launch an investigation about it. But Lin, who was part of the championship-winning Toronto Raptors squad, has taken to social media to try to defuse the situation.

“I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin tweeted Saturday. “What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.”

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Lin had posted on Facebook on Thursday that as a member of the Santa Cruz Warriors, the affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, he had been the target of racism.

“Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” Lin wrote.

Lin didn’t say when the incident happen. He has talked in the past of racist taunts he has received while playing basketball at Harvard and in the NBA.

Former UCLA runner Chris Weiland. UCLA Bruins
Former UCLA runner Chris Weiland. UCLA Bruins

HALL OF SHAME

He ran himself out of town.

UCLA bounced runner Chris Weiland from its track and cross country squads because of video and text messages he allegedly made that featured racist and homophobic slurs.

In a video Weiland laments a woman he believes cheated on him with another man. He calls the man a racial slur and a homophobic slur for good measure.

When told to calm down by a woman on the call with him, Weiland then allegedly threatened to “beat the f—-” out of him.

UCLA track coach Avery Anderson issued a statement Monday saying Weiland had been dismissed from the program. In a twist, Anderson also said he knew about the video months ago and suspended Weiland, but reinstated him, hoping to give him a second chance. But apparently when it went viral and people started speaking out, Anderson changed his mind.

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“After team members and the athletic community expressed concern, it became clear that his continued involvement with the team is incompatible with the culture of mutual support and respect we’re fostering. I now realize that the decision to reinstate him was not the right decision, and that the action today is best for the well-being of our team,” Anderson said.

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Jonathan Suarez-Cortés. Osceola County Corrections.
Jonathan Suarez-Cortés. Osceola County Corrections.

HALL OF SHAME

The alleged victim told police she went with Suarez Jr. to engage in consensual sex, but Suarez Jr. tried to let his brother in to “get in on the fun” and she said no and tried to stop what was happening.

She alleges Suarez-Cortés forced her to perform a sex act on him and then told his brother to start having sex with the woman against her will.

Major League Soccer released a statement saying Suarez-Cortés has been immediately suspended from play as the league investigates the situation.

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Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton loses his cool. Twitter
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton loses his cool. Twitter

HULK SMASH

It’s been a rough season for the Sacramento Kings, who lost nine straight, their worst skid in 12 years and were posting a nearly historically awful defensive efficiency rating before finally winning a game. The losing appears to be catching up to head coach Luke Walton, who is more used to winning titles as a reserve for the Shaquille O’Neal/Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers.

Walton broke a clipboard with a karate chop during his team’s brutal loss against the New York Knicks on Friday, a game where they surrendered 140 points. It happened in the fourth quarter.

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“Look, I’m frustrated. We all should be frustrated,” Walton said after the game. “I was frustrated tonight and I believe in our team and I know when our group is playing well, we are much better than what we showed tonight.”

The Kings rallied the next night to beat the Detroit Pistons.

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