Summer 2024

Basketball star Jeremy Lin donates money to fight coronavirus outbreak, cites Scripture

Former NBA veteran Jeremy Lin, who is currently playing in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Beijing Ducks, is doing his part to fight the coronavirus outbreak. He announced Wednesday that he and his basketball foundation in China have donated 1 million Chinese yuan “to get medical equipment to Wuhan,” the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. Lin also said he will be “donating an additional $150,000 towards fighting this virus.”

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been monitoring coronavirus and the darkness it’s casted over the world,” Lin wrote on Instagram. “News headlines of racism, xenophobia, attacks on Asians and decaying trust towards people. All heartbreaking and the opposite of God’s kingdom. But for every fear-inducing headline, I see hope. I see doctors and nurses fighting the front lines in China, Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and more. I see people helping people in countries regardless of race or background.”

Lin went on to encourage people to “talk less out of hate, more out of empathy,” to recognize the heroes he’s seen in fighting against this virus, and to urge everyone to do their part in avoiding the spread of germs.

He then closed his post by citing Romans 12:9: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Lin is unsure when he’ll get to play basketball again, as the CBA suspended its play indefinitely in February. But the CBA reportedly sent a memo saying it expects to resume play in April.

In the United States, the NBA on Wednesday suspended its season “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. It was announced on Thursday that Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchel had also tested positive for the virus.

Numerous other leagues and tournaments have been canceled or postponed in the U.S. and around the world in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has now been declared a global pandemic.

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