John Wall chastises reporter for getting ‘personal’ about his season-ending surgery

John Wall chastises reporter for getting ‘personal’ about his season-ending surgery.  JohnWallzards guard John Wall has chastised a reporter who recently questioned his motive for having season-ending surgery. John Wall chastises reporter for getting ‘personal’ about his season-ending surgery.

The Wizards announced Saturday the All-Star guard would undergo heel surgery this week to repair a chronic condition. Wall told reporters Monday he did not like one reporter’s recent suggestion he was shutting down for another reason.

“When people say, ‘You’re just shutting down because you’re not going to be an All-Star,’ that has nothing to do with it for me at all,” Wall said (via NBC Sports).

Wall did not name the reporter in question (“You know who the guy is,” he said), but ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, a frequent critic of Wall, tweeted recently that Wall’s decision is, “leaving us wondering if he’s calling it a season because he ain’t about to make an All-Star team.”

“It’s like this, if you have a personal problem with me, come talk to me like a man,” Wall said. “If you want to talk about me as a basketball player, that’s fine. I’m cool with that. I can take that criticism. That’s what comes with being that guy.

“But when you want to take things to a personal level, you can have a conversation with me 1-on-1 as a man. If you don’t like me, you just don’t like me. I’m fine with that. I might not like you, neither. It’s cool.”

After the NBC Sports story appeared Monday, Smith fired off a series of tweets.

One noted, “I don’t want to hear a damn thing from Wall about talking to him man-to-man. I showed at one game and waited for him in the locker room; he wouldn’t come out.”

Another said, “So the next time @JohnWall or any player tells you they are looking for me for a man-to-man convo … tell them to name the time and place and I’ll show up. I’d welcome it…even on my damn vacation. I’m not the one hiding. Never have! Never will!”


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