Jarret Jack, one of the latest members of the Atlanta Hawks, clarified that he did not make fun of Jeremy Lin when he decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. According to the point guard, the "Haha" tweet he posted on the day Lin joined the team was about something else.
Before joining the Hawks, Jack was the guard for the Nets. After he was released by the Brooklyn organization during the offseason, the team signed Lin. In other words, the former Charlotte Hornets point guard served as Jack's replacement in the Nets roster, Nets Daily reported.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 1, 2016
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah — JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) July 1, 2016
Many of those who saw the post assumed that Jack was laughing at Lin or he was poking fun at the Nets' situation. Jack was then criticized because of his tweet and was even accused of being racist towards Lin.
But, during a recent interview with ESPN, Jack explained that he had no intention of making fun of Lin. He also analyzed the situation and said that if his tweet was linked with another player, the people's reaction would probably have been different.
"Clearly, the Nets and I had parted ways, so they would've had to sign somebody," he told ESPN. "So let's just say they were to sign Mike Conley and I tweeted, 'Hahaha.' Would there have been an uproar?"
"The one thing they told us as far as Twitter is always be specific," he added. "But people were calling me a racist and all sorts of stuff, and I was like, 'Are you guys believing this? This is crazy."
He then went on to say that his tweet was a reference to a situation he was in that day. Jack said that before he posted the tweet, he was with former NBA coach John Lucas II and his son as well as Tim Frazier of the New Orleans Pelicans. According to the athlete, they were in Houston that day to work out.
As strange as it may sound, Jack said as he entered the gym, he saw that Frazier was very about mad about something and Lucas II and his son were making fun of him because of that. As they continued working out, Frazier got angrier, which then caused the group to make fun of him even more.
Jack said that this was the context of his tweet earlier in July. It was meant to reference the situation he was in while working out with his friends, and not to make fun of Lin.