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Kim Kardashian's spokesperson has come forward denying that the reality television star has any intention of dating New York Knicks breakout point guard Jeremy Lin, but that has not stopped the athlete's fans from wondering if a meeting between the two celebrities, seemingly opposites, might not be an opportunity for evangelism.
Kardashian's rep, Jill Fritzo, told amNewYork Thursday that there was no way her client and Lin had any plans to meet.
"Absolutely 100% NOT true. Someone made that story up!" Fritzo told the publication. The newspaper noted that Fritzo did not comment on how the rumor might have been started.
According to gossip website Media Take Out (MTO), sources claimed that Kardashian, currently embroiled in a divorce from another NBA player, Kris Humphries, had a double date planned with Jeremy Lin, with the pair to reportedly be accompanied by fellow New York Knick Carmelo Anthony and his wife, Lala.
The gossip website's report -- running with the headline "MTO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Kim Kardashian's PUBLICIST . . . Arranges A Date With Her . . . And NBA Star JEREMY LIN!!!" -- claims it was Kardashian's own publicist who arranged the date, or so a friend of the reality TV star told the publication.
"She thinks [Jeremy] is cute, and she's good friend's with [Jeremy's teammate Carmelo Anthony's wife] Lala. It's going to be a double date," the unidentified friend told Media Take Out.
Jeremy Lin's fans, however, took the "news" with a grain of salt, finding it very unlikely that the dedicated athlete and commited Christian would have time to date someone, once her divorce from Humphries is finalized, will have been twice divorced.
One user, commenting on The Christian Post's report, suggested that if there was any meeting between Kardashian, 31, and Lin, 23, that the basketball player could use the opportunity to witness to the controversial celebrity, who decided on a divorce from Humphries only after 72 days of marriage.
Becky Dobyns wrote: "It's really easy to hate Kim Kardashian and look at her as the evil predator who's after good Christian Jeremy Lin, and I've seen some horrible comments about her on the internet, but I have a feeling Jesus would sit down next to her at a well, knowing all the sins she's committed, and still offer her living water rather than abuse.
"Since Jeremy Lin does love Jesus, maybe he can even use any 'meeting' that might occur with her as an opportunity to share about repentance and redemption. We can't give up on anyone."
Alvin Lee, however, suggested that Kardashian might not even be on Lin's radar as "Christians don't date non-Christians so there's no need to worry about the wolf tainting the pure sheep."
Of the comments posted on CP's report on the dating rumors, one received overwhelming agreement from other commenters and readers.
The comment, from Richard Kimble, simply read: "What the? NO WAY! Run Jeremy Run!"