Jeremy Lin wanted to get some feedback on his dreadlocks, and Kenyon Martin went ahead and gave it to him. The former NBA player lashed out at Lin in a video earlier this week after Lin debuted his new hairstyle and addressed cultural appropriation in a post on The Players’ Tribune.
Martin said Lin wanted to “be black” by sporting the look.
“Do I need to remind this boy his last name Lin?” Martin asked. “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 bullsh*t on his head. 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.’
Lin posted a response to Martin on Instagram on Thursday, and it was respectfully brutal.
“Hey man. It’s all good you don’t have to like my hair and definitely entitled to your opinion,” Lin said. “Actually I legit grateful you sharin it.”
Lin then pulls off one of the greater, slower burns of the Instagram era.
“At the end of the day I appreciate that I have dreads and you have Chinese tattoos (because) I think it’s a sign of respect,” he And I think as minorities, the more we appreciate each others’ cultures, the more we influence mainstream society.
Lin doesn’t stop there, though. He also throws in the “had your poster” line to finish the comment out.
“Thanks for everything you did for the Nets and hoops,” Lin said. “Had your poster up on my wall growin up.”