Hornets G Jeremy Lin Says Security Around NBA Still Asks Him for ID

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2016

Despite having played in the NBA for six years now, Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin says security personnel at opposing arenas around the league still ask him for credentials.

It's safe to say "Linsanity" is long gone.

In September, Lin tweeted that a Hornets security guard didn't believe he was a player the first time he went to Time Warner Cable Arena as a member of the team. Apparently, that person isn't alone in making the 6'3", 200-pound guard prove he is a professional hoopster.

Per Michael Wallace of, the 27-year-old Lin says—while laughing—he gets asked for identification fairly frequently:

It's one of those things where it literally happens everywhere. At opposing arenas, it happens all the time. Just the other night in Brooklyn, I was trying to leave [Barclays Center] and one of the ladies was like, 'Hey, I need your credentials for you to pass.' And then someone else was like, 'Oh, he's a player. He's good.' I'm used to it by now. It's just part of being Asian in the NBA.

It sounds like Lin would be better off wearing his credentials around his neck everywhere he goes. And perhaps he could wear his jersey, too. That way, it'd be a quick and easy process with security.

You'd think security would be able to recognize Lin's hair by now:

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After all, the flow was even featured on a bobblehead.

There's no doubt it would be frustrating for a veteran NBA player to have to prove his identity over and over. But Lin appears to take it in stride.

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