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Jeremy Lin Shares Faith With Ex-ESPN Employee Who Wrote Racial Slur

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  • 2012 Mar 30
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March 30, 2012

Jeremy Lin -- the New York Knicks point guard who shot to recent fame for record-breaking success -- recently shared his Christian faith over lunch with an ESPN employee who was fired for writing a racial slur in a headline about the Asian-American athlete, the Christian Post reports. During the height of the phenomenon sparked by Lin's success in February, 28-year-old Anthony Federico posted the headline "Chink in the Armor" on ESPN's website -- an action for which he was ultimately fired. A little over a month later, Lin's family invited Federico to lunch. "The fact that he reached out to me, the fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule ... he's just a wonderful, humble person," Federico said. "He didn't have to do that." But Lin didn't just share lunch with Federico -- he also shared his faith. "We talked more about matters of faith [and] reconciliation," Federico said. "We didn't talk about the headline for more than three minutes." In another recent instance, Lin used the love of Jesus to combat a heckler on Twitter; he wrote in response to a racist comment, "Jesus loves you bro and I do too."