ESPN anchor Jorge Andres made an odd reference to Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin during last night's SportsCenter broadcast.
Andres was showing clips of the Rockets' game against the New York Knicks when he made the obligatory "Linsanity" comments, but then went even further (video below).
"Jeremy Lin coming into tonight's game with 30-point games for the first time in his career," said Andres. "And he was cooking with some hot peanut oil. Take a look at that!"
According to BleacherReport.com, Andres made an apology later during the broadcast.
"Earlier in this show, I made a comment about Jeremy Lin's basket that I should not have made," said Andres. "This was clearly a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize. I am very, very sorry for offending anyone, that was never my intention."
Andres later apologized again on Twitter, claiming his reference was actually to the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty":
I once again want to apologize if I offended anyone about a TV reference to Duck Dynasty I made earlier today on a highlight to Jeremy Lin.
Andres then followed that up with another apology on Twitter:
I sincerely meant no harm to anyone at all, it was a poor choice of words and bad judgement on my end. My sincere apologies.
This isn't the first time ESPN has gone this direction.
SportsRants.com reported in Feb. 2012 that ESPN anchor Max Bretos asked the famed Knicks' player Walt Frazier about Lin: “If there is a chink in the armor, where can he improve his game?”
In the same month, ESPN’s mobile website featured the headline: “Chink In The Armor,” noted LarryBrownSports.com.
Also in Feb. 2012, the MSG Network aired a picture of fan holding a sign with Jeremy Lin's face above a fortune cookie and the words ''The Knicks Good Fortune," reported the Associated Press.
Sources: Associated Press, LarryBrownSports.com, SportsRants.com, Twitter, BleacherReport.com