Jeremy Lin Has Lunch with Fired ESPN Headline Writer

Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 28, 2012

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In a show of great character, emerging New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin had lunch with the former ESPN headline writer who was fired for his controversial headline involving a word that many Asians find offensive, according to a Newsday report.

The former writer, 28-year-old Anthony Federico, set the world ablaze in the heart of Lin exploding onto the NBA scene with his distasteful headline, that he said was accidental, but was eventually canned for.

Federico was obviously ecstatic about the meeting saying:

It went incredible. I'm just so excited we had a chance to meet. We talked for an hour. I'm just so thankful.

The meeting was said to be in the works for over a month, as one of Lin's family members contacted Federico via email, but the meeting was postponed until recently due to Lin's busy NBA schedule.

Federico mentioned the headline was hardly talked about in their hourlong meeting:

We talked more about matters of faith (and) reconciliation. We talked about our shared Christian values and what we're both trying do with this situation . . . We didn't talk about the headline for more than three minutes.

This act of forgiveness shows that even though Lin has turned into an international star overnight, he is still down to earth and not above reaching out to the common person, as many superstars of his stature may do.

Lin has now made himself that much more likeable with the meeting, showing that he is willing to forgive and forget someone who caused such a big stir at a time where his star blew up, but obviously not his ego.