The NBA has identified the player who Jeremy Lin said called him “coronavirus” during G-League play. Lin, who went back to the NBA’s development league in order work his way back into the NBA after playing for the Beijing Ducks, did not mention that individual’s name. According to The Athletics’ Shams Charania, the League is handling the matter internally, and Jeremy Lin has met with the player to discuss the impact, which that player now understands.
It’s very compassionate of Lin to not reveal the players name – not sure I could do the same. He summarizes his reasoning as follows:
I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone. What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.
Lin has been very visible in highlighting the current assaults on Asian Americans.
The G League season is now done, with the Santa Cruz Warriors getting eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. It’s not certain whether Jeremy Lin will get back to the NBA, as he mentions in this interview. Whether he gets there or not, I think he has a lot to be proud of.