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New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin appears for an availability before the NBA All-Star BBVA Rising Stars Challenge basketball game in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

Our take: Former ESPN sports writer Anthony Federico drew ire from sports fans across the U.S. when he inadvertently typed a racial slur in the headline of an article about Knicks instant darling Jeremy Lin. He was immediately fired and despite a personal history of philanthropic works and giving, he became defined by that mistake. In the aftermath, Federico has developed a stronger faith and found his peace.

In the middle of the night, during the peak of one of the best sports stories to sweep the nation, one word changed everything for an ESPN journalist. And brought him closer to God in the process.

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Linsanity had become a household axiom, as Asian-American basketball player and committed Christian Jeremy Lin blew up on the NBAs biggest stage, New Yorks Madison Square Garden.

The sports world could simply not get enough.

An unknown Harvard graduate, who had been cut twice in the past year, Lin was now starring for the Knicks, pouring in 25 points and dishing 10 assists a night. The lifeless Knicks had won seven in a row and were instantly playoff relevant again.

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