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ESPN writer fired over Jeremy Lin headline apologizes for 'honest mistake'

Offensive headline posted over weekend called New York Knicks sensation the 'chink in the armor' in team's loss to Charlotte Hornets.

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Jeremy Lin balances a basketball on his finger during a press conference in Taipei on July 28, 2010. ESPN has fired a writer and suspended an anchor over an offensive term used in a headline and on-air about the New York Knicks sensation. (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

ESPN has fired the writer who penned a headline over the weekend calling New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin the "chink in the armor" in the team's streak-stopping loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Anthony Federico apologized Monday, calling the gaffe "an honest mistake" in an interview with the New York Daily News.

"I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy," he told the newspaper.

The controversial headline read "Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin's 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets."

It was posted to ESPN's website for 35 minutes Saturday morning before being removed, CNN reported.

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The sports network also issued an apology and suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days for using the expression last week when he asked Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier on air about Lin, according to the Daily News.

“If there is a chink in the armor, where can he improve his game?” Bretos asked.

“They've apologized and so from my end, I don't care anymore,” Lin told the Daily News on Sunday after leading the Knicks to their eighth win in nine games. “You have to learn to forgive, and I don't even think that was intentional."

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Lin, a 23-year-old of Taiwanese descent, came off the bench earlier this month to guide the Knicks to win after improbable win, causing "Linsanity" around the globe.

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