Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin is no stranger to stereotypes as an Asian-American. The man who was at the epicenter of the “Linsanity” craze four seasons ago in New York City is still subjected to stops by security personnel when entering NBA arenas.
When he first joined the Hornets last September, he was stopped by team security guards, who didn’t recognize him as a member of the team. Since it was his first time, perhaps that is understandable. But unfortunately, the stops have continued.
Lin stated about the experience, “It’s just part of being Asian in the NBA.” Michael Wallace of ESPN detailed more of what Jeremy goes through:
It happens so frequently now that Jeremy Lin doesn’t even bother wasting the energy to get annoyed by it too much these days.
Still, as the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, there are some arenas in which Lin might be better off simply leaving on his game-worn official No. 7 Charlotte Hornets jersey at all times—from the moment he gets off the team bus until he returns to it after games.
Otherwise, he’s likely to get stopped and carded by some security official.
It’s one of those things where it literally happens everywhere,” Lin told ESPN.com after Thursday’s practice in Detroit, where the Hornets will play the Pistons on Friday. “At opposing arenas, it happens all the time. Just the other night in Brooklyn, I was trying to leave [Barclays Center], and one of the ladies was like, ‘Hey, I need your credentials for you to pass.’ And then someone else was like, ‘Oh, he’s a player. He’s good.’ I’m used to it by now. It’s just part of being Asian in the NBA.