Nets’ Jeremy Lin Says Kenyon Martin ‘extremely apologetic’ For Dreadlocks Comments

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin recently had a conversation with former NBA player Kenyon Martin about comments Martin made about Lin wearing dreadlocks.

Martin suggested last week that Lin shouldn’t wear dreadlocks because he is Asian American and went on the following rant.

“Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?” Martin said in the video posted on TMZ.

“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.”

Lin discussed his conversation with Martin about his comments.

“It was a great conversation. I think things were blown out of proportion, taken a little out of context as well” Lin told the media.

But me and him had a discussion where he was extremely courteous.

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.”

Lin eluded to the backlash Martin received on social media, which included some racial epithets.

“I’m just processing everything that’s happened and kind of felt he was dehumanized to some degree,” Lin said.

“I wish it didn’t happen like that, but we’re beyond that, and hopefully I don’t have to speak about this incident or my hair anymore.”

Martin admitted last week that he had a poor choice of words and that the comments were made in a joking manner.

“Wasn’t really saying it to him. I just made a blanket statement, which I probably should’ve reached out to him,” Martin said.

“But the man has dreadlocks, and I thought it was hilarious. Nothing more, nothing less than I thought it was hilarious. I made a statement … wording probably was bad that I used, saying that he was trying to be black. Wasn’t my intention to be racist or anything like that.

“It was meant to be a joke that got out of control. That’s all,” Martin admitted.

“If I ruffled Jeremy Lin’s feathers or if I made him feel [that] way, I apologize, brother … I’m a grown man, and I can admit when I’m wrong.

When things get out of control, I can admit when I was wrong, and my wording was bad.”