This is outrageous.
Open thread, if you like.
UPDATE: Looks like I’m late on this story. Here’s ESPN’s apology:
Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.
Um, yeah — you’re going to need to do better than that, ESPN. “Conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures.” What the what? What does that even mean? How about “the use of the term ‘chink’ was racist and offensive,” or “we apologize to Mr. Lin and to the Asian-American community for use of an ignorant and racist term steeped in historical racism against Asian-Americans, racism that is rarely if every discussed” or “Wow. We’re assholes. Can you believe we thought that referencing an Asian-American as “chink” was a good idea?”
And then maybe talk about what proactive steps you are taking to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and that the persons responsible are held accountable. Babbling about “cross-platform editorial whosywhatsits” isn’t going to cut it.
Hell, at least pretend you’re going to make your editorial department take a diversity seminar. Fail.