Jeremy Lin Got Stopped Trying to Board the Raptors' Team Bus After Game 2, As There Are Inexcusably NBA Security Guards That Are Unfamiliar With 'Linsanity'
"After Game 2 in Milwaukee, I was trying to get to the team bus and one of the dudes in the Milwaukee arena just screams at me. He's like, 'Where do you think you're going?!' And I'm like, 'Uh, I'm trying to get to the team bus.' He's like, 'What?! Where's your pass?' I was like, 'I don't have a pass. I don't know what you're talking about. I don't have a pass,'" said Lin.
"This happens in a lot of arenas, so I just kind of go with the flow."
Look, I get it. To the untrained eye, Jeremy Lin looks...shall we say...well...hmm...nope...I can't think of a less subtle way to put it than saying he looks a hell of a lot more Asian than your average NBA player.
I just can't help but wonder exactly how untrained one's eye has to be not to be familiar with face of 'Linsanity', which was quite literally a cultural phenomenon that led to a more well-publicized stretch of fame and notoriety than almost every non-superstar in basketball history is able to call their own. If NBA security is made up of even the most casual of NBA fans then not recognizing the man that burned the brightest as a shooting star of New York sports' celebrity is almost more inexcusable than thinking that Asians of even the most non-stereotypical aesthetics look alike. It stands to reason that those hired to protect professional athletes should have a heightened sense of who they are dealing with, and - relative to the vast majority of his black, white, brown, or purple peers - Jeremy Lin reached heights that most basketball players could only dream of. Therefore, while the unintentional racism of the repetitive profiling is definitely unfortunate, what really has my panties in a bunch is the thought of the insanity of the national treasure that was Linsanity not being common knowledge all throughout each and every NBA arena for-ev-er.