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Floyd Mayweather defends himself over controversial tweet about Jeremy Lin

Just as Linsanity was ratcheting up in early February, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. generated yet another controversy for himself when he expressed his opinion via Twitter about the rapid ascension of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin into worldwide phenom when he tweeted, “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.” Not surprisingly, a tremendous backlash was unleashed upon Mayweather and he addressed the kerfuffle he caused with reporters.

Perhaps a clarification is in order first before we lay out Mayweather’s justifications and defense for the controversial tweet: Mayweather admitted that he’s not the person actually tweeting but refused to identify the tweeter (via the New York Daily News):

“I can’t tell you. It’s a secret. But it’s not me,’’ he said. “I’ve got more than one person who works on my Twitter page. But did I tell them what to tweet? Yes I did.

“Do I regret what I said? Absolutely not. I stand by what I said and I meant what I said.”

Mayweather believes he did nothing wrong with authorizing the tweet and as usually is the case in situations such as these, chose to blame the media for the entire ordeal:

“Like I said, the media always take your words and screw ’em up,” Mayweather said. “They failed to say that I said the guy was a good player.”

The extreme difficulty involved in screwing up a person’s words when they are literally typed-out for all the world to see on the internet, Mayweather than justified his opinion by invoking the time-honored, overused defense that his friends, business associates and so on are comprised of people of all races, colors and creeds:

“It’s OK for Miguel Cotto to represent the Puerto Rican fans and represent the Puerto Rican flag,” Mayweather said. “I’m a black American. I believe in supporting my own first. That’s where I come from. They can feel my struggle if they come from the same background that I come from. That’s what I’m going to stand by.

“It’s so crazy. I’m not racist at all. I have Jewish people that work for me. Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, white people who work for me. One of my best friends, Kip, is a white guy. All-American. That’s my guy.’’

 Hmm…Jewish, Dominican, Puerto Rican and white people are included, yet there is nary a mention of any Asian or Asian-Americans in his multi-colored, multicultural rainbow of people who make up his inner circle of Shiny Happy People holding hands. I suppose it’s possible he simply overlooked those folks.