In February of 2012, ESPN was one story and one story solely: Jeremy Lin, the undrafted level guard was the one Asian American within the NBA and, for a short second, turned the star of the American sports activities world, touchdown on the quilt of Sports activities Illustrated two weeks in a row as he led the New York Knocks to seven straight wins.
On the time, latest school graduate Anthony Federico had landed in a comparatively thankless however probably cellular gig as a content material editor for ESPN. As he informed WBUR Boston, “It was really cool. My job was to watch the night of sports unfold and kind of make editorial decisions in real-time about what stories we’re going to lead with, what angles we’re going to promote.”
Close to the height of “Linsanity”, throughout a recreation with the New Orleans Hornets, Lin had an off night time and the Knicks misplaced. Federico, scrambling for a late night time headline concerning the loss, went with “Chink in the Armor”.
It’s possible you’ll bear in mind the following fallout, during which the headline was blasted for using some of the loathsome racial slurs within the English language. Federico apologized, calling it an “awful editorial omission.” He mentioned it was a phrase he’d used many instances earlier than, and easily failed to contemplate the way in which it will be interpreted within the context of Jeremy Lin.
“My name and address got leaked to the media, so the Paparazzi started following me around,” he informed WBUR. “And [I] started getting hate mail and death threats from all over the world. And a lot of the late night talk shows were roasting me, and, you know, my face was on a lot of newspapers. And I was this big racist villain. It was brutal.”
Federico was fired from ESPN and issues bought dangerous for a number of weeks, till Lin himself reached out and the 2 met for lunch in New York Metropolis.
“He told me that he didn’t think that the headline was racial in intent, and that was so huge to hear,” Federico says. “I’m eternally grateful to him for his kindness. So we talked about the headline for a few minutes, and then we talked mostly about the world and our faith.”
That was the beginning of a journey that will end in Federico getting extra severe about his personal non secular religion attending Mass with extra regularity and taking an fascinating theology. He realized there was an absence of monks in his space and one factor led to a different. He utilized to the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut and was ordained to the priesthood in June. Now, he says, what he went via as ESPN has given him extra grace for others.
“I think a sense of sympathy for what people are going through, and how everyone has a story that goes deeper than their worst moment or one thing they put out on the internet,” he informed the radio station. “And I have a sense of what its like to be angry at God in this big way, and I can relate to them when they bring me their struggles and their hopes and their dreams and their fears.”
“And I think that that feeling of being abandoned by God was part of this whole process of preparing me for priesthood.”