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PJ Washington’s pink shoes are a tribute to grandmother battling cancer

Last week, PJ Washington’s pink shoes turned heads during Kentucky’s win over Monmouth. We’ve since learned that the shoes, Nike Zoom Rev II TB Promo Kay Yows, are PJ’s way of honoring his grandmother, Susie Tucker, who is battling breast cancer.

I spoke with PJ’s mother, Sherry, who said this isn’t her mother’s first run with cancer. In 2013, she was diagnosed with colon cancer and overcame it a year later, just two months before Sherry’s father passed away. A few months ago, Susie, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee, had a mastectomy and is now finishing up chemotherapy.

“She watches PJ’s games faithfully,” Sherry said. “She’s never been to a game at Rupp, so we’re hoping she feels better soon so we can bring her to one.”

Our hearts go out to Susie, Sherry, and their families. They should be proud of PJ for such a heartfelt tribute.

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11 Comments for PJ Washington’s pink shoes are a tribute to grandmother battling cancer



  1. bigbluebanana
    2:05 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck grandma! PJ is a beast, he’ll get there with his gameplay soon enough.



  2. michaelb
    2:17 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    All the people I heard were knocking the shoes .. “god those are stupid “. “Those shoes are hideous ” radio & tv & internet both . Terrible job . Just shows how silly & thoughtless people’s personalities are



  3. BBNJeffrey
    2:48 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Um hello Michael, did it ever dawn on you “silly – thoughtless” people didn’t know what PJ was wearing the shoes for? If they did, then I will agree with you 100%.



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      4:41 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

      Um hello Jeffrey, did it ever dawn on you “silly – thoughtless” people could maybe use their brains for something other than ridicule? People are so quick to judge without even thinking about anything.



  4. ClutchCargo
    2:57 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    BBNJeffrey, I think the point is that the “silliness and thoughtlessness” was people bashing the shoes before knowing why he was wearing them.



    • bigbluebanana
      4:19 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

      100% agree clutchcargo. Even if people didn’t know, in the sports world, it’s a pretty safe bet that when pink is donned, there’s a message of cancer awareness. Really though, even if it was just a fashion choice, I’m not going to be the guy call PJ out on it!



  5. kydrummer
    6:15 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Hope his grandmother can make a game to Rupp this season.



  6. BBNJeffrey
    6:17 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    ClutchCargo, good point.



  7. herm89
    8:38 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    And they suit his game too. Very cool.



  8. DaniTheGirl
    9:42 am December 5, 2018 Permalink

    Did we ever find out why brad was rolling his shorts up…u dnt just get off the hook for something like that



  9. silverado
    11:03 pm December 5, 2018 Permalink

    What’s interesting is that Facebook is allowing its advertisers to access those they want to target, based on information the users actually provide, while you guys sell ads to anyone, period. Facebook gets hammered while you guys throw crap out at anyone who comes on your site. I guess you guys are just too small potatoes to matter.