A lot has been made of this whole Kenyon Martin and Jeremy Lin hair debacle, but after the two talked, it seems the issue has been resolved, player-to-player.
Lin revealed the discussion after the Nets beat the Knicks at Barclays Center.
“He reached out and he was extremely apologetic… it was a great conversation,” Lin told reporters. “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.
“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,” he added, referring to some ugly racist comments directed at Martin by some Lin fans.
“I’m just processing everything that’s happening and kind of felt he was dehumanized to some degree. 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.”
It started with when Lin announced via The Players Tribune that he was going to wear his hair in dreadlocks, just the latest iteration of Lin’s tonsorial creativity. He noted that he had talked to a lot of people about whether the style would be seen as cultural appropriation, an Asian-American borrowing an African-American ‘do.
Martin posted an Instagram video (which has since been deleted) stating, “alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black. Like, we get it. But your last name is Lin.” Things took off from there, with Lin twice discussing the controversy, thanking KMart for his thoughts and noting that Martin has Chinese characters tattooed on his arm.
Martin “apologized” in a video with TMZ, but for some, it didn’t seem sincere. He said the dreads are still “hilarious” and said, “If I ruffled Jeremy’s feathers, I apologize.”
The two talked, according to Jeremy Lin, and the “beef” has been resolved. Now, he wants to put this in the past.
Lin would also like to see his fans not obsess over this issue anymore... or any other issues for that matter. He just wants unity. Obviously, Martin wants it over, too.
So now we’re left to talk about basketball... and not hair.