Jeremy Lin, an Asian NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets, is being accused of cultural appropriation by former Nets forward Kenyon Martin for sporting dreadlocks.
In an Instagram video, Martin called out Lin for his hair-do saying:
“Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?” Martin said. “Like, come on, man. Let’s stop with these people. There is no way possible he would’ve made it on one of our teams with that bulls**t on his head.
“Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, ‘alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black.’ Like, we get it. But your last name is Lin,” Martin continued.
“Hey man. Its all good you don’t have to like my hair and definitely entitled to your opinion. Actually i legit grateful you sharin it tbh. At the end of the day i appreciate that i have dreads and you have Chinese tattoos bc i think its a sign of respect. And i think as minorities, the more we appreciate each others cultures, the more we influence mainstream society. Thanks for everything you did for the nets and hoops…had your poster on my wall growin up.”
What a classy guy. Lin is a Harvard graduate and has faced adversity in the NBA for being Asian.
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