Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin said Kenyon Martin reached out to him and "was extremely apologetic" after Martin suggested last week that Lin shouldn't wear dreadlocks because he is Asian American. "It was a great conversation. I think things were blown out of proportion, taken a little out of context as well. But me and him had a discussion where he was extremely courteous," Lin told reporters after the Nets' 117-83 preseason win over the New York Knicks. "Like, I'm actually impressed with how he handled everything. I'm thankful for the conversation we had, and I'm also sorry for some of the things he and his son kind of had to deal with in the aftermath [with fans writing insensitive comments on their social media page]." In comments he later apologized for, Martin posted a video on his Instagram account last week, saying that Lin's decision to wear dreadlocks is an indication that he wants to "be black." "Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?" Martin said in the video. "Like, come on, man. Let's stop this, man, with these people, man. There is no way possible that he would have made it on one of our teams with that bulls--- goin' on on his head. Come on, man. Somebody need to tell him, like, 'All right, bro, we get it. You wanna be black.' Like, we get it. But the last name is Lin." Martin admitted late last week that he used a poor choice of words in a video posted on TMZ's website.
Jeremy Lin says Kenyon Martin 'extremely apologetic' for dreadlocks comments
ESPN | Oct 9