Jason Whitlock's inner struggling comedian made a desperate play for attention, and it resulted in Whitlock falling flat on his face.
Needless to say, this didn't go over so well. Whitlock fell under instant criticism from all angles, like this response he received on Twitter.
His tweet has even brought his employer Fox Sports under public scrutiny.
When judging this tweet, it is important to note that it was based in stupidity and not hate.
Whitlock is not a Lin hater. That much was evident in this tweet that came before the "Linfamous" tweet.
It is pretty clear he was just trying to stand out and be funny, and the real crime was that he wasn't funny. He went the lazy route with a racial stereotype, and had he took more time to think about it he would have surely realized it was a horrible idea.
This is not a guy that is incapable of being funny. He recently had this joke tweet that is a nice play on someone else's crazy comment.
Realizing the error of his ways, which may have come after a little pressure from his employer, Whitlock posted this apology on Fox Sports:
I then gave in to another part of my personality—my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It's been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother's Richard Pryor albums. I still want to be a standup comedian.
The couple-inches-of-pain tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too. As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry.
In that apology, he touches on his real identity of wanting to be a standup comedian. This is something he is obviously so desperate to get across that he will post lame efforts like the Lin tweet.
Ultimately, that is no bigger disservice to anyone than him.
He also offered this in yet another column discussing his tweet.
Writing columns that discomfort the comfortable and defend the vulnerable is far more important to me than being outrageously popular and irreverent on Twitter.
That notion becomes a lot harder to believe when he can't refrain making lazy racially based jokes.