Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks point guard who rose to fame after breaking records and being vocal about his Christianity earlier this year, surprised some when rumors circulated that he spent last Thursday club hopping and drinking alcoholic beverages with women.
Some people criticized Lin's alleged decision to party as a high-profile Christian athlete and wondered if New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow would fall to the same temptations in the big city.
"Jeremy Lin was caught drinking in the club this weekend, I don't think that was very Godly of him," one person tweeted. "(Tim) Tebow's next! #NYLife." more >>
Breakout NBA star Jeremy Lin has admitted that he was not ready for the fame and glory that would come following his rise from the bench to pivotal player on the New York Knicks teams.
"Just not being able to go anywhere (was difficult)," Lin told FOX Sports Florida in an interview on Wednesday.
"I'm a more private person so I get like nervous. It's kind of scary when I go out and people recognize me and stuff… It took some getting used to," the point guard added. more >>
Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks starting point guard, said he is happy that the public has lost interest in him since an injury contributed to his season ending in March. After the New York Knicks were unable to advance to the second round of the playoffs, Lin spoke about his future with the team since he has the ability to explore other options as a restricted free agent on July 1.
Lin spoke to reporters before his team lost to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night which resulted in the official end of their 2011-2012 NBA season. Instead of toying with the idea about playing in another city next year, Lin said he would be happy to suit up in his Knicks uniform again next year.
"Yeah, I'd love to. Yeah," Lin said of re-signing with the team. "This city and the organization have been great for me. They believed in me, so that's great." more >>
Stuyvesant High School, a New York City magnet school, invited New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin in March to speak at its graduation ceremony. Although Lin said he could not attend the graduation, he recently offered students words of advice, a look at his rapping skills and a special message to the Christians on campus.
Lin, 23-year-old Harvard graduate who rose to fame from being a D-League player waived by two teams to become a record-breaking NBA starter in February, offered a video message to the students and staff of Stuyvesant High School.
In the video, Lin appears with a large pair of reading glasses while reading an economics book. He greets the school by saying, "Oh, hey Stuyvesant High," and thanked the school along with the economics teacher from the initial invitation video for reminding him to use his economics degree. more >>
Forbes magazine included four Christian athletes in its top 10 list of the Most Influential Athletes of 2012 – among those listed were Tim Tebow, Manny Pacquiao and Jeremy Lin.
The publication created its list after working with Nielsen and E-Poll to survey over 1,100 adults about their favorite athletes. Although the list included 10 athletes in a variety of different sports, almost half of those highlighted have been vocal about their Christian faith in the last year.
Tebow, 24-year-old New York Jets quarterback, was listed as the second-most influential athlete on the Forbes list behind NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. Tebow had an influential percentage of 24 percent, with 50 percent of the individuals polled saying they either "liked him" or "liked him a lot." more >>
Anthony Federico, the former ESPN editor who was fired for creating a headline that was interpreted as a racial slur against New York Knicks Asian-American point guard Jeremy Lin, recently told The Christian Post that his faith was the only thing that helped him through the potentially career-ending incident.
Federico, 28, posted the headline "Chink in the Armor" on ESPN's website during the height of "Linsanity," the phenomenon sparked by the Knicks' consecutive wins with Lin at the helm. While many interpreted Federico's headline as racist, the former ESPN editor explained recently to CP that he was only referring to Lin as a basketball player, and did not have his ethnicity in mind.
"I used a common sports cliche, one that I and many media outlets have used thousands of times in the past. I used it to describe Jeremy's first bad game as a starter, his first sign of weakness after a magical winning streak," Federico said. "While I was writing the headline I wasn't looking at Jeremy as an Asian-American basketball player. I was looking at him as a basketball player." more >>