WBC welterweight champion and five-division world titlist Floyd Mayweather took to Twitter to lambast New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
Mayweather’s chagrin stems from the fact that he thinks the point guard's plaudits of late are due to his Asian ascendancy and not much else. He also believes black players aren’t bestowed with the same accolades that Lin has been getting.
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise,” Mayweather tweeted.
Once “Money” got the ball rolling, he was hit with accusations of racism and ignorance whilst being compared to civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
Mayweather’s response following the twitter backlash:
“Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized.”
“I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up.”
Lin, a graduate from Harvard University is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
As well as outscoring Kobe Bryant in the Knicks' recent win over the Los Angeles Lakers, The 23-year-old is also the first player in the league to score at least 20 points with seven assists in his first four starts.
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