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Jeremy Lin poses a problem for New York Times columnist David Brooks

Fans hold up New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin photos (Frank Franklin II/AP)

David Brooks, a Times columnist, wrote an op-ed column about a side of Lin that isn’t much in the public discourse: his religion.

The column, titled “The Jeremy Lin Problem,” opens with this:

“Jeremy Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways. He’s a Harvard grad in the N.B.A., an Asian-American man in professional sports. But we shouldn’t neglect the biggest anomaly. He’s a religious person in professional sports.”

As sports fans know, religion in sports is as much an anomaly as team jerseys are. In an attempt to tackle the well-covered story of Lin, Brooks chose an angle that was inherently flawed. Athletes and religion are often inextricably linked.

“Please stop using Jeremy Lin to illustrate your pet theories,” the Atlantic’s Ta-Nahisi Coates writes in a response to Brooks’s column. “If your writing file displays little interest in professional sports, Jeremy Lin is a really bad place to start. There are just too many trip-wires.”

View Photo Gallery: The Knicks phenom joins a host of other prominent athletes known for their faith as well as their athletic achievements.

On Twitter, a hashtag questioned the so-called anomaly:

But with Lin’s popularity surging, there’s no doubt Brooks will not be the last writer to trip on the wires of Linsanity.

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