As New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin rose to instant, overnight fame, and created a social phenomenon of “Linsanity”, plenty were quick to jump on the bandwagon and media clamored to have the next take.
One of these media, ex-ESPN employee Anthony Federico, published an insensitive headline in a late-night website recap that created a flurry of controversy which led to his dismissal from network.
Since, Federico has reached out to Jeremy Lin in apology and the two worked together to find a time to meet, discuss the issue, and put it all behind them.
The meeting alone paints a picture of Jeremy Lin’s humble and forgiving nature, but the nature of their conversation says even more.
According to Federico, the talk was more about faith than basketball:
The fact that he reached out to me.
The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule . . . He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.
We talked more about matters of faith [and] reconciliation. We talked about our shared Christian values and what we’re both trying do with this situation .. . We didn’t talk about the headline for more than three minutes.
Anthony Federico made a mistake, and was confident enough in himself to apologize directly to the party he offended.
Jeremy Lin was gracious enough to take the time out of his busy schedule as a budding NBA icon to accept that apology in person.
If only the world worked this way all the time– with people meeting face-to-face to repair problems so often caused by our fascination will all things digital– we might all be amazed at how much better things could be.
One can dream.