Floyd Mayweather's Views on Knicks' Jeremy Lin and 'Linsanity' Not Far Off-Base

Mick AkersAnalyst IFebruary 14, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at a post-fight news conference after he defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Sure, welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known for saying some outlandish things here and there, but his racially motivated views on the New York Knicks breakout point guard Jeremy Lin, and the "Linsanity" that surrounds him, is not really far from the truth.

Mayweather took to his Twitter account to air his views on "Linsanity," the current phenomenon that is sweeping the nation saying:

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.

It may be a shocking statement, but in reality it's basically true and really shouldn't shock or offend anyone. Though, Mayweather may not have taken the best approach to air his views with the touchy subject of race at hand.

Throughout the long history of the NBA, there has been one player of Asian decent that was anywhere near popular in former Houston Rocket Yao Ming, but his main supporters were that of his native China, and not the United States.

Being that Jeremy Lin is an American-born Asian player, the Asian population and beyond in the U.S. have latched on to Lin and his beat-the-odds style story, which has taken America by storm.

In a league that has been mostly dominated by African-American and Caucasian players, having a breakout star of a different race is a good thing for the league and the fans of the game as well.

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There is the angle that he played his college ball at Harvard, a school known for its academics and not for sending its players to the NBA. But let's face it: If that was the main angle on the story, the hype surrounding "Linsanity" would not be anywhere near the level it is at now.

Because it is unusual to have a player of Asian descent making waves in the NBA, it can broaden the appeal of the league to Asians who may have not given the NBA much notice before. It can create such a buzz in not only the sports world, but the main news outlets in America as well.

As Mayweather pointed out on his Twitter, if he says something pertaining to race, the world is outraged, and if ESPN glorifies something because of the racial aspect to the story it is OK.

"Its OK for ESPN to give their opinion but I say something and everyone questions Floyd Mayweather, 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."

The whole reason "Linsanity" is such a big news story is because of his race, and if ESPN and the rest of the news outlets want to run story after story on Lin and his sudden rise to fame, then why criticize Mayweather, when his views on the whole Lin story are pretty much true, as shocking as they first may seem.