Not too long ago in Twitter NBA news is a tweet by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
In February, Mayweather posted the following for his fans:
"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."
The post came about following the "Linsanity" craze in New York, and Mayweather's controversial statement went viral.
At the point of the controversy, Lin was taking the Knicks world by storm, becoming the "first player in league history to have at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four career starts."
Although Mayweather's agents declined to answer the questions of ESPN reps, Mayweather himself decided to respond—once again, via Twitter:
"Its OK for ESPN to give their opinion but I say something and everyone questions Floyd Mayweather," he tweeted. "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."
Most would agree that Mayweather made a gutsy play that proved disrespectful and uncalled for. ESPN New York's Michael Woods called the boxer out publicly:
"Floyd Mayweather Jr. said something outrageous about Jeremy Lin that got the media's attention. He used to earn that sort of notoriety with his fists."