Former ESPN Online Editor Anthony Federico says he was not trying to be cute, or write a pun with his headline "Chink In The Armor" referencing Knick's sensation Jeremy Lin's turnovers leading to his team's 1st loss since he entered the lineup. According to the New York Daily News, "said the racial slur never crossed his mind - and he was devastated when he realized his mistake." Federico, 28, said he understands why he was axed. "ESPN did what they had to do," he said. Federico called Lin one of his heroes - not just because he's a big Knicks fan, but because he feels a kinship with a fellow "outspoken Christian." For that matter, suspended ESPN TV Anchor, Max who said he is in fact married to an Asian, said in his case, too, the reference was purely coincidental. "I would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community," Bretos wrote. "Despite intention, phrase was inappropriate in this context."As for Lin, he said he didn't think the reference was intentional, either and even so, he forgave them. This comes as some are accusing ESPN of going to far with the firing and suspension.