Report: NBA G League Identified Player Who Called Jeremy Lin 'Coronavirus'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2021

Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin brings the ball up court during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The NBA G League says it has identified the player who allegedly called Jeremy Lin "coronavirus" during a recent game.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium shared a statement from a G League spokesperson who said the matter is being handled internally with Lin's support:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

After an investigation, the NBA G League identified the player who said “coronavirus” toward Jeremy Lin during a game and is handling the matter internally with Lin’s support, @TheAthletic @Stadium has learned. Statement from a G League spokesperson: https://t.co/YaDf6CzjcA

Lin wrote on Facebook last month, "Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn't protect me from being called 'coronavirus' on the court." The league then launched an investigation into the matter.

Lin, who is of Taiwanese descent, later released a statement on the matter:

Jeremy Lin @JLin7

❤️ https://t.co/BTailOSS28

In part, he wrote that he wouldn't be "naming or shaming anyone" because of concerns it wouldn't make a difference to "solve any of our long-term problems with racism."

The 32-year-old Lin is playing for the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors this season in hopes of getting another shot in the NBA.

He has been highly productive, averaging 19.8 points, 6.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds in nine games while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from beyond the arc.

The former Harvard standout spent nine seasons in the NBA from 2010-11 through 2018-19, playing for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors.

His greatest individual success came in 2011-12 with the Knicks when "Linsanity" swept through the Big Apple as he averaged 14.6 points. 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 35 games.

His final NBA season to date was a successful one as well. He won the first NBA championship of his career with the Raptors.

Last season, Lin played in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Beijing Ducks, but he is back stateside and looking to resume his NBA career.