Washington Wizards shooting guard John Wall found himself in hot water after being seen on video throwing up gang signs in New York City Saturday night. As the video circulated over social media and folks realized what they were seeing, many people were offended and lodged their objections through comments directly at Wall. The NBA star quickly decided to issue this statement on his Twitter…
“I made a mistake, something I regret. I will continue to work hard to be better on the court and more importantly off the court.”
If you didn’t know, this is actually not John Wall’s first brush with this sort of controversy. The 6th all time average assist leader has been known to send out strange signals before by twisting up his fingers… once in the middle of an NBA Playoff game in 2015. Some would say he has more explaining to to do than his current Twitter apology.
All of this coming from a player that actually hadn’t played in an NBA game since December of 2018 due to an achillies injury. John Wall has what was termed at the time a ‘supermax’ contract with the Wizards – 4 years for $171 million plus. Wall made $38.2 million in 2019 just to sit at home and heal. He’s been in the NBA since the 2010 Draft, so a lucrative contract like Wall’s isn’t unheard of, however, contracts do have clauses.
Some are openly speculating whether John Wall’s mea culpa is merely an attempt to keep his money flowing. Whatever his reasoning, there is upwards of $44.3 million left to pay out to the NBA star in 2021-22, and no matter how you cut it, that’s a lot to fight about.
We’ll see what happens from here – until the next time it drips….