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Jeremy Lin pledges up to $1 million to coronavirus battle

/ 10:26 PM April 14, 2020
Jeremy Lin

Former NBA player Jeremy Lin of the US attends an introductory press conference held by his new team Beijing Shougang in Beijing on September 26, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Former NBA guard Jeremy Lin, the first Asian-American to win an NBA title, pledged up to $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts on Monday.

The 31-year-old, whose 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks were dubbed “Linsanity”, will donate $500,000 and said he would also match all donations up to an additional $500,000.


Lin, who now plays for Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) after winning the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, last month tore into US President Donald Trump for “empowering” racism by calling coronavirus a Chinese disease.

Coronavirus emerged in central China in December before spreading across the world as a pandemic, with the United States increasingly hard hit.


Lin on Monday returned to the same theme on The Players’ Tribune website in a first-person piece titled “The Darkness Has Not Overcome It”.

“One simple way to be the light is to support organisations doing crucial work during the crisis,” Lin wrote in making his pledge.

“You know, my whole life, I’ve been treated a certain way because I’m Asian,” Lin added, mentioning some of the racial stereotypes he has been subjected to.

“I’ve even been asked if I can see. I’ve been told to go back to where I came from.

“During the height of ‘Linsanity’ I was still the butt of many Asian jokes.”

Lin, in Beijing awaiting the restart of the CBA season after the health emergency eased in China, urged people all over the world, irrespective of race or country, to pull together.

“No one knows how devastating the impact of this crisis will be, but the projections aren’t good,” Lin wrote.


“We’re going to be recovering from this for a long time.

“But in the process, there will be so, so many opportunities to choose light.”

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