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Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes Twitter shot at Jeremy Lin

February 13, 2012 |  6:02 pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr. has drawn heat before for diminishing his rivalry with Manny Pacquiao into taunts invoking race.

Now Mayweather, an avid sports fan who has more than 2 million Twitter followers, has weighed in on the new popularity of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who torched the Lakers for 38 points last week and is pushing the team toward a playoff position.

Monday, a post from Mayweather's Twitter account assessed the attention -- known as "Lin-sanity" -- being heaped upon the NBA's newest star:

"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."

Mayweather is beginning preparation for a coming publicity tour to hype his May 5 super-welterweight title fight against champion Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas.

On June 1, he's due to report to jail in Clark County, Nev., to begin serving a 90-day sentence for his involvement in a domestic violence case involving the mother of his three children and two of the children.


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-- Lance Pugmire

Photo: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Credit: John Gichigi / Getty Images