Earlier This Season, Jaylen Brown Dropped A Hard 'B' On J.J. Redick Before Getting Scolded Into Apologizing
FTW- The Sixers guard joined the The Bill Simmons Podcast this week and detailed an in-game interaction he had with the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown. At some point during their game in London, Brown threw an expletive in Redick’s direction.
Redick’s response managed to draw an apology from Brown.
“When we played them in London, Jaylen was guarding me for that game. And at one point in the second half — I’m gonna cuss on your show, I’m sorry — but he called me a 'bitch'. I looked at him, and I was like, ‘I don’t play that.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, oh, OK. I’m sorry.’ That was my only interaction … We played them 11 times this year, and that was my only negative interaction with anyone on their team.”
As hilarious as it is to picture a confident young NBA player going from challenging an opponent by hurling one of those insults that's typically followed by the flying of fists when flung outside the framework of sports to humbly apologizing in a manner of seconds, I don't find this story the least bit surprising. Obviously, a veteran reminder to respect his elders played into Jaylen Brown sticking his toe into muddy waters before quickly bringing his personality back to dry land. From his years as the poster child for privilege to now, J.J. Redick has taken more shit than the most seasoned of waste management professionals. We're talking about someone who almost certainly had threats made on his life when he was a damn teenager, so if he tells you that you haven't earned the right to talk trash then you best bag it the hell up.
However, I also think that Jaylen Brown is the type of player who flips a switch when the whistle blows. Think "mamba mentality", but without the constant need to have his fangs showing at all times. Almost as if he'd be a cobra that's short for the profession of snake charming, as he's too easily snapped out of his trance. I wholeheartedly appreciate the image of J.J. Redick (presumably) looking a 21 year old lottery pick dead in his eyes and schooling him to the game by basically telling him he has to raise his hand before talking out of turn. That said, I also think it's a credit to how quickly Jaylen Brown can go back and forth between being a modest kid and a ruthless competitor that he apologized for calling someone a 'bitch' faster than a rapper dropping the mic only to run into his beef backstage at the BET awards.