Showing ‘Weakness is One of the Strongest Things You Could Do’ Jeremy Lin Says About Tearful Speech
By Carl Samson
August 7, 2019
Jeremy Lin has addressed his emotional breakdown at a recent church service in Taiwan, where he opened up about his feelings on being a free agent at the NBA.
Speaking at a Harvard Business School event in Shanghai, the 30-year-old defended his display of vulnerability in public, stating that the ability to do so is, in fact, a sign of strength.
“Ironically, to be able to be OK with your weakness is one of the strongest things you could do,” Lin said, according to The Athletic. “Who doesn’t have weaknesses?”
“We all do,” the first Asian American NBA champion continued. “But to show them is one of the strongest things you can do.”
The service, held on July 28 at a church in New Taipei City, saw Lin open up about his free agency at the NBA.
At the time, the basketball star broke down in tears, saying that he has hit “rock bottom” and that he feels like the league has “given up” on him.
“In English, there is a saying that says, ‘Once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up,’” Lin said. “But rock bottom seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me.”
“So free agency has been tough. Because I feel like in some ways, the NBA has kind of given up on me. And I always knew that if I gave anybody a reason to doubt, they would.”
Lin’s testimony drew mixed reactions, with some expressing support and others arguing that he has not hit rock bottom.
“If Jeremy Lin is rock bottom, what is the rest of us?” a Twitter user asked.
Interestingly, Lin admitted at the Shanghai event that he knew he was going to break down. He also addressed critics of his game, according to HuffPost.
“I also know what kind of player I can become, and I know I haven’t done that,” Lin said. “And so that’s what I’m going to continue to do is chase that and try to be the best version of myself.”
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