ESPN anchor Max Bretos was suspended for 30 days after his infamous “Chink in the armor” gaffe while referring to New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.
Now, Bretos is defending himself on Twitter saying:
“My wife is Asian, I would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community.”
Just because your wife is Asian doesn’t give you free pass to use such offensive language.
ESPN writer Antony Federico was fired after the same phrase was used in a headline on ESPN’s mobile website.
Bretos said he had learned from the gaffe and that he would make ‘every effort’ to avoid something like this happening again.
As for Lin, when asked about the controversy he said:
“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I don’t care anymore.”
After leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas Lin went on to say:
“You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”
Always the bigger man, Lin is taking the high road. As for Bretos, he is still on suspension.
(ABOVE: ESPN anchor Max Bretos with his wife and young child)