Kendrick Perkins, a former NBA big man and current ESPN analyst, is under fire after a racist tweet against an Asian reporter resurfaced on the internet on Wednesday.
In the now deleted tweet from January 2020, Perkins refers to twitter user @SamuraiJohnson2 as “Bruce Lee”. Various twitter users have been seen spamming Kendrick’s twitter replies with screenshots of the tweet, demanding a response and apology.
Kendrick Perkins has faced criticism for his comments in the past, but this is the first time he’s faced backlash for racist remarks. The now-deleted tweet has generated a large amount of controversy online, with posts being made on Reddit and multiple news outlets.
As of now, Kendrick Perkins is yet to comment on the incident. ESPN has not released an official statement on the issue.
This comes on the heels of Jeremy Lin sharing his stories of G-League players making racist remarks towards him during games. The NBA recently launched an investigation into the matter, but has not shared an update.
Jeremy Lin has been an advocate for the fight against Asian-American hate. The NBA has been an advocate for the issue and supportive of Jeremy Lin.
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