Recently, Nets point guard Jeremy Lin penned an op-ed about his dreadlocks, as the hairdo has sparked conversation on cultural appropriation.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 3, 2017
Kenyon Martin, formerly of the Nuggets, Bucks, Nets, Knicks, and Clippers, was one of those who thought his new ‘do was inappropriate, taking to Instagram on Wednesday to voice his thoughts on the matter.
Martin posted a follow-up video shortly thereafter:
“So, my last post, man…like, do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name [is] Lin? Like, come on, man, let’s stop this, man. These people, man. Like… (laughs) like there is no way possible, man, he would’ve made it on one of our teams, man, with that bullshit goin’ on his head, man. Like, come on, man. Like, somebody really need to tell him, like, ‘alright, alright, bro, we get it. We get it, like, you wanna be Black. Like, we get it, but the last name is Lin.’ Alright? I’m out.”
Due to the response he received to his video, he posted yet another follow-up to his commentary:
“Seems I ruffled a few of y’all feathers, so…good. Umm…take y’all comments to the bank and see what they give y’all for ’em. That’s what I think about ’em first and foremost. Umm…but that man grown. That man can rock whatever hairstyle he wanna rock. That don’t mean I have to like it or agree with it. Second of all, I’m grown, I can say whatever I wanna say about whatever I wanna say about. It ain’t about race, it ain’t about none of that…like, grow up, people, it was a joke, but I don’t like it, I don’t agree with it so…it is what it is. I love it. I’m havin’ a fabulous Wednesday, man. Y’all do the same. Go Cowboys.”
Jeremy Lin responded with the following on Instagram:
Lin’s response: pic.twitter.com/Pwon82Bjzx
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) October 5, 2017
Netizens reacted to the exchange:
Kenyon Martin tries to rip Jeremy Lin for rocking dreads. I guess he forgot he had Chinese tattoos pic.twitter.com/saAyYvnFeo
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) October 5, 2017
“Its all good you don’t have to like my hair.” pic.twitter.com/peDI0pGAQu
— infinity88 (@linfinity88) October 5, 2017
Kenyon Martin forgot J Lin was from Harvard. Destroyed a nigga whole thesis.
— Brandon (@JealousCloud) October 6, 2017
damn Jeremy Lin literally killed Kenyon martin with kindness
— Ahmedigalleriz (@big_business_) October 5, 2017
Kenyon Martin a hater man like go be old somewhere else.
— 666SZN (@netw8rk) October 5, 2017
BREAKING: Kenyon Martin seen being wheeled away from his computer desk after getting torched by Jeremy Lin. pic.twitter.com/gIbiWEbxLn
— FamilyMan (@Kaptain_EO) October 5, 2017
I lost a lot of respect for Kenyon Martin.
— (@Kagudeloo) October 5, 2017
Kenyon Martin really worrried about Jermey Lin’s dreads/Hair style but he over here rocking Chinese tattoos foreal?♂
— DipseŦ (@Eastside_Brody) October 5, 2017
Bruh Kenyon Martin got Chinese tatts and tried to call out Jeremy Lin
— RIP GEORGE STINNEY (@TheeSouthside) October 5, 2017
Not a lin fan but Jesus Kenyon Martin sounds like a idiot . Why worry about another mans hair anyway go live your life
— Carlos hernandez (@loshernandez29) October 5, 2017
Even in retirement Kenyon Martin found a way to take an L
— Jetpack Jimmy (@sincir3000) October 5, 2017
Kenyon Martin has to either close his Twitter account or get his Chinese tattoo removed. #JeremyLin
— TruthBeTold (@Big6domino) October 5, 2017
What do you think? Do you agree with Martin, or is he incorrect? Let us know in the comments!