30-year-old NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin is an icon of Asian-American excellence. The first player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in America, Lin rose to prominence after leading a winning turnaround for the Knicks in 2012. The term ‘Linsanity’ was coined to capture his meteoric rise to fame and success on the court. Outside of basketball, Lin is considered a positive role model for many, having graduated Harvard University and consistently upheld his Christian faith.
In New York, especially Chinatown, Lin’s mere presence is enough to send fans and fame-chasers into a selfie-taking frenzy. Unfortunately, even despite his worldwide appeal, Lin recently admits that when he isn’t recognized, things can get ugly.
In a radio interview, Lin revealed that while trying to get on the Toronto Raptors’ bus in Milwaukee, a security guard aggressively stopped him after his second game against the Milwaukee Bucks. In his words: “The dude in the Milwaukee arena just screams at me and is like, ‘Where do you think you’re going?’”
Lin had to show the guard his NBA pass before continuing. The implication is that the guard could not fathom why an Asian man would be getting on the Raptors’ bus.
Lin recalls that similar incidents have happened in the past, but many of them were before the craze of Linsanity. While on the Knicks, he once had to convince a security guard that he was in fact a member of the team. Another microaggression occurred when he visited the Hornets’ arena in 2015.
In any case, Lin has bigger concerns ahead of him. The point guard will be facing his former team, the Golden State Warriors in a much-anticipated NBA Final showdown!