The NBA G League is investigating Jeremy Lin’s claim he has been labeled a “coronavirus” on the court, according to two reports.
A source told Shams Charania of The Athletic Friday (subscription required) as the league looks into the matter. The New York Times reported early Saturday (subscription required) that a league spokesperson has confirmed that an investigation is underway.
Lin plays for the Warriors’ League G branch in Santa Cruz, Calif.
His claim was part of an Instagram post Thursday in which he spoke out against racism and anti-Asian stereotypes. Lin is originally from California of Taiwanese descent.
“Being a 9-year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” he wrote. The global COVID-19 outbreak has been attributed to Wuhan, China, starting in late 2019.
Lin began his post with, “Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We are tired of learning that we do not experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep head down and not create problems. “
He added that Asian Americans are tired of “making fun of our eyes, of being objectified as exotic, or of being told that we are inherently unattractive.”
“We are tired of being invisible, of being taken for our colleague or of telling ourselves that our struggles are not so real,” he also wrote.
Lin, 32, began his NBA career with the Warriors in the 2010-11 season after a four-year career at Harvard. He established himself during his “Linsanity” run with the Knicks in 2012. He continued to play for the Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, Hawks and Raptors. He was a member of the Toronto 2018-19 NBA Championship team.
In 480 career games, Lin has averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists as a combo guard.
“I want better for the next generation of Asian American athletes than having to work so hard to just be ‘deceptively athletic’,” he wrote.