Lin was back at the Garden on Thursday night and helped the Rockets hold off the Knicks. His return to site of Linsanity also provided an opportunity for another ESPN anchor to say something inappropriate about Lin’s Asian heritage.
ESPN’s Jorge Andres was doing the highlights for Houston’s win when he said Lin was “cooking with some hot peanut oil.”
Andres apologized for his comments approximately 40 minutes later, according to Yahoo.
He is not the first ESPNer to get in trouble for using racially charged language to describe Lin. Anchor Max Bretos was suspended a month in February 2012 for using a slur for Asians that is part of a common idiom and a website editor was fired for using the same phrase in a headline.
Peanut oil is often used in Asian dishes.