Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins, now a talking head for ESPN, has gotten himself into the headlines for his aggression towards NBA MVP voters for giving Nikola Jokic the past two MVP awards — and getting a strong emotional response back from JJ Redick –, and he’s now taking aim at George Karl on Twitter for disagreeing with his assessment of “truth.”
“A Speaker of TRUTH has no friends,” the former Celtics big tweeted out in reference to his Jokic comments and the backlash he got from Redick. That prompted a quote-tweet response from Karl. “Untrue, (because) honest educated people respect — Truth also don’t forget that Truth is about facts, not casual opinions,” Karl responded.
In response to Karl, Perkins threatened to burn it all down for the 71-year-old retired coach:
JJ Redick’s response to controversial comments from former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins
Redick did not take Perkins’ implication that white NBA voters are displaying racism by voting the Serbian big man Jokic for the MVP award instead of a black player. He went on ESPN First Take on March 7 to call him out for his controversial comments.
“Stephen A. (Smith), I mean no offense to you. And I mean no offense to ‘First Take’ because I think this show is extremely valuable,” Redick said before going at Perkins’ remarks. “It is an honor to be on this desk every day. It really is. But what we just witnessed is the problem with this show. Where we create narratives that do not exist in reality. The implication that you are implying – that the White voters that vote on NBA (awards) are racist, that they favor White people. You just said that.”
Perkins repeatedly yelled “I stated the facts!” That’s what led to Perkins’ tweet about truth, which then devolved into blackmailing Karl with former past transgressions.