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Fired ESPN Producer who Wrote Racist Headline Becoming a Priest


Chink in the armor ESPN headline

It was the headline that changed a life and angered millions

At the height of Linsanity, an ESPN producer wrote the infamous “Chink in the Armor” headline in a story about Jeremy Lin. Not too long later, he would be fired.

Five years later, Anthony Federico has found his calling.

The Washington Post reports he is in his fifth year at Theological College in Washington with the intention of becoming a priest.

The man who asked Lin for forgiveness and received it, will now be in a permission to forgive others.

“Looking back, I think God allowed this to happen to me to put me on a path to being a priest, a path that I was avoiding,” He said. “I’ve never been happier.”

After the controversy, Lin broke bread with Federico over lunch. The discussion ranged from why the headline was offensive to Federico earnestly telling Lin he didn’t mean anything racist.

Federico recounts to the Post how he went to the restroom and vomited after realizing his mistake. He now uses that incident to lift others who may be in despair. Federico’s message- you too can bounce back.

“I do know that I want to be a Catholic priest more than anything in the world. If being fired is what it took. … I can look back years later and say, ‘Thank you, God, for that.’ ”
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