Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is no stranger to being questioned by security, but we don’t mean at the airport, we’re talking other NBA arenas! Earlier this season, a security guard at Charlotte’s arena asked Jeremy for his credentials. The guy plays on their team and while he was only just signed this past summer, can someone update the staff list at security, please?
As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, according to ESPN.com this is actually a regular occurrence on the road for the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.
“It’s one of those things where it literally happens everywhere…. At opposing arenas, it happens all the time. Just the other night in Brooklyn, I was trying to leave [Barclays Center] and one of the ladies was like, ‘Hey, I need your credentials for you to pass.’ And then someone else was like, ‘Oh, he’s a player. He’s good.’ I’m used to it by now. It’s just part of being Asian in the NBA.”
The most surprising part is that Jeremy Lin is more famous then your average backup point guard. Aside from that magical spring and the birth of Linsanity, he also has a popular YouTube Channel and a best-selling book, Linspired: The Remarkable Rise of Jeremy Lin.
However, Lin is able to have a sense of humor about the whole thing, which is how he is able to push distractions aside. Plus, his main focus right now is the Hornets’ incredible 18-5 run since the beginning of February. They currently sit at No. 6 in the East, but only a half game separates them from the No. 3 seed.
Maybe some playoff noise is what Lin needs to finally put those credential requests away.