Retired NBA star Kenyon Martin had some choice words for Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin over his recent decision to wear dreadlocks on his head, earlier this week. And Lin has, in turn, responded with a response that addressed him directly.
Martin ripped into Lin for appropriating the African rooted style in two videos he posted to Instagram on Wednesday, October 4. "Like, come on, man. Let's stop it with these people. There is no way possible he would've made it on one of our teams with that bulls**t on his head," Martin ranted. "Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, 'alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black.' Like, we get it. But your last name is Lin.'"
The 39-year-old year 2000 overall no. 1 draft pick's comments were in response to Lin revealing how he went about deciding on locks, in an Op-Ed published by The Player's Tribune. In the article, Lin confessed that he was afraid of the impression he'd give teammates, and so he expressed his openness to receiving their feedback on the idea. He'd project himself to be just as open to Martin's angle on his choice, but respectfully imparted his view that "minorities" sharing culture is empowering.
"Actually I am legit grateful for you sharing it to be honest. At the end of the day, I appreciate that I have dreads and you have Chinese tattoos because I think its a sign of respect," Lin wrote in a response posted to Martin's page. "And I think as minorities, the more that we appreciate each other's cultures, the more we influence mainstream society. Thanks for everything you did for the Nets and hoops ... had your poster up on my wall growin up."