John Wall loves his mom, and that’s awesome
John Wall shed some tears in a press conference this week, and he later explained it was all because he saw his mother getting emotional in the audience.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: I love when we get to see elements of humanity in sports. Moms are awesome.
I've always believed that if you have something inside you, it's important to get it out. And that's exactly what John Wall did at a Wizards press conference on Thursday, and I respect him more for doing so.
Wall lost his father about two weeks before his 9th birthday and has been very close to his mom his entire life. As Wall was addressing the media and referencing his family and began talking about everything his mother did for him along the way, he broke down into tears. It's a powerful moment; and it shows a side of the athlete we rarely get to see; a side that goes beyond basketball. A side in which anyone who has been lucky enough to be close to their mom (myself included) can relate.
Wall later told Michael Lee of the Washington Post:
"It was like a breathtaking moment, seeing my mom and seeing everything she worked for. I mean, I do this because I love the game of basketball and I love playing it, but you also do it for her, as a single parent and what she had to do to raise us and I feel I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity, especially, to take care of her for the rest of her life and do other things in the community."
Before Wall got emotional during the press conference, he made a few comments that showed he's not just a great basketball player, but also a genuinely good person.
"My whole thing was I was put on this earth to do something and I was blessed to be able to play basketball," Wall said. "But my main thing was to keep striving and be a better person. That's one thing my mom always instilled in me was it doesn't matter what nobody thinks of you as a basketball player, they're always gonna look at you as a person first."
Wall, who averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists and 4 rebounds per game last season, just signed a five-year max deal contract with the Wizards worth $80 million. And I couldn't be happier for him. I think I'm his new biggest fan. (He also donated $1 million to various charities in Washington after the team announced his max deal).
So I'd like to personally say Congratulations, John Wall, on your new contract. But even more so, thank you for reminding us what's more important than basketball.
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