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Zion Williamson was NOT turned down by Anthony Davis and John Wall for an autograph as a kid

We now know why Zion Williamson turned to the dark side during his highly-publicized recruitment, and it has to do with two former Kentucky stars.

If you ask the New York Post, at least.

In a video published back in 2017 and brought back to life by the New York Post, the future No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft said in an interview that as a kid, it used to hurt his feelings when his older basketball role models would turn him down when he asked for autographs.

Now that he’s on the path to superstardom, he plans on signing every single autograph asked of him, hoping to give little kids what he wasn’t given growing up.

“When I was little, I looked up to high school players and wanted their autographs and sometimes I couldn’t get it, I’d be hurt,” Williamson said. “I said when I grew up, I don’t want to be like that. I want to sign every kid’s autograph, no matter how long it takes me.”

The two allegedly guilty parties? None other than former Wildcats Anthony Davis and John Wall, who supposedly turned him down as a kid and broke his (probably superhuman) heart.

“I try to sign every kid’s autograph,” he said. “I don’t want to turn a little kid down because I know it will hurt them. [It would hurt me if someone like] Anthony Davis, John Wall turned me down. So I try to sign everybody’s [autograph].”

Mind you, the original quote from the New York Post article had the previous excerpt written without the brackets to look like both Davis and Wall had one-on-one interactions with him and they were made out to be the bad guys.

You can hear the entire quote and the context surrounding it below:

Since the story spread throughout the interwebs, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Williamson has never actually met Davis or Wall and he was just trying to use an analogy.

In short, the reported story by the New York Post made to look like Davis and Wall hurt his feelings was not accurate.

So when it came to making a decision, Williamson didn’t hold a grudge against Kentucky. It wasn’t about his heart being broken by two former Wildcats, it was just the ridiculous money Coach Krzyzwhdjfksbqjs threw at him on the recruiting trail that sealed the deal.

It all makes sense now.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Zion Williamson was NOT turned down by Anthony Davis and John Wall for an autograph as a kid



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    4:05 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like a bogus charge to me.



  2. Han
    4:05 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Oh, he’ll give out more autographs than some other guys for a while, and then he’ll start getting tired and annoyed. He’ll realize a lot of people are selling them, and he’ll have other stuff he wants to do after a game like go out with friends or go eat or go on a date or just go home. Then he’ll become just like the players he didn’t understand when he was a kid.



    • Matt10
      4:22 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, he won’t sign ‘em all. That would be impossible. This proves he didn’t jack at Duke. Dumbest comment ever.



    • Matt10
      4:23 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      Didn’t learn jack



  3. StuckinLville
    4:17 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Both of those guys always sign. you used to see them signing for hours. I’m not buying it. Next he’ll say KAT turned him down and we all know that would be a lie.



  4. jholcomb
    4:25 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Lies lies lies,,,,,yeah!



  5. jholcomb
    4:26 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Puke basketball made this story up.



  6. ClutchCargo
    4:36 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Fake news! The quote is not even accurate. In the video he clearly says “it would hurt me if somebody like Anthony Davis and John Wall turned me down.”



  7. onlyone
    4:36 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    He went to Duke and earned lots of money there from the alumi so believing him is a laugh



  8. ClutchCargo
    4:39 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    In fairness, the story was from the New York Post. But a “quote” published by that garbage newspaper should have been a red flag.



  9. UK Maine-iac
    4:50 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Did people miss the small, yet gigantic word “IF”?

    “it would hurt me IF somebody…”

    Manifesting news when there isn’t any. That’s low grade journalism, but can’t expect much else from the Post.



  10. 4everUKblue
    5:29 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    That’s such a sad story, purely coincidental they both happen to be KY players. Sound like a story K fed him to make us look bad and help him with recruiting….along with the duffel bag drop that has work do well for dUKe.



  11. John Henry
    7:00 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Yes good ole Fake News. You can’t believe 90% of what they print. Sad but that is today’s journalism. I guess this is the way they teach you to do it in journalism school.



  12. tncatrn
    7:13 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    A media site…out of new york… posting “news” regardless of accuracy. In the time we live?!….You dont say!!! Pretty much par for the course nowadays ain’t it…



  13. KYjellyRoll
    7:14 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Lol. And I was thinking this would be why they couldn’t play together at NOLA. Oh well…



  14. kuhlkat
    9:20 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Love how my comment got deleted for calling out KSR..and then they changed their headline.
    Fake News clickbait



  15. King hodon
    9:26 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Fake news



  16. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:43 am May 23, 2019 Permalink

    He was paid for this story by Kyrie Irving.