As someone who begrudging self-identifies as a lifelong fan of the New York Knicks—one of the most maddening, nonsensical franchises in the history of professional sports—Jeremy Lin holds a special place in my heart. Watching Lin drop 38 points on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012 remains one of the happiest moments of my adult life. Earlier this year, when news broke that Lin would be returning to the five boroughs to play with the Brooklyn Nets—rocking the ill Allen Iverson braids in the process—I felt a profound sense of joy, like an old friend was finally coming back home.
With all that in mind, it is with great sadness that I must now publicly disavow Linsanity forever. Last week, during a Facebook Live Q&A, Lin claimed to hate any and all soups.
“I don’t like anything with hot liquids,” Lin said, “So that’s coffee, tea, pho, ramen—all these things. Anything that has really hot liquid or soup in it. I hate all soups, so….”
Please, allow this statement to sink in for a moment. Not only does Lin not like pho or ramen—two universally beloved noodle dishes, with literally hundreds of variations available in thousands of restaurants—but he refuses to drink any hot liquid of any kid. These are simply the words of a man who has lost touch with reality.
Understandably, Twitter was displeased by this blasphemy.
I guess it’s true what they say (well, what they say in that one Batman movie...): You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.