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John Wall Pens Emotional Letter to his Dad

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Days after John Wall was selected to his fifth All-Star Game, the former Kentucky point guard penned an emotional letter for ESPN Magazine’s “State of the Black Athlete” issue.

The No.1 player in the 2009 recruiting class, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Wall’s done it all.  The only thing missing is his father.

But there’s one wish of mine that will never be granted. That wish would be bringing you back to life so that you could see me play in the NBA.

You never got the chance to see me play basketball at any level. In fact, we never had a chance to play catch like fathers and sons do, and you were barely around when I took my first steps.

Wall’s story will tear at your heart.  It’s a well-told tale that should not be spoiled in this blog.

Read all of Wall’s Letter to his Father on The Undefeated.

 

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for John Wall Pens Emotional Letter to his Dad



  1. secrick
    10:48 am January 25, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a good story written by a good person it seems.



  2. RackEmWillie
    10:54 am January 25, 2018 Permalink

    BUT WHAR IS MY IZZUE OF WHITE ATHLETE MONTHLY???



    • BBNDan7
      11:33 am January 25, 2018 Permalink

      Shut up



    • RackEmWillie
      12:33 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

      I need to know! This is reverse racism at it’s finest!



    • Booby Petrino
      12:44 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

      You gotta be “that guy” huh? Must not be easy going thru life with such insecurity. I hope you get the attention you need.



    • RackEmWillie
      12:55 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

      You gotta be something, ya know?



    • RealCatsFan
      5:35 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

      Strange, I thought I just heard the sound of a gigantic sphincter sounding off.



  3. PillsburyThrowboy
    11:04 am January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Ah yes, let’s promote The Undefeated. Quality, balanced journalism there.



    • theWilkman
      12:12 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

      Who cares where it was posted? It’s a heartfelt blog post by one of the greatest players we’ve ever had. Get over yourself.



    • blord40
      12:26 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, can’t you just go be a fan of another team?!



  4. BBaxterUK
    12:57 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Great story. Thanks!



  5. bbnZach
    1:15 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Who’s chopping onions in my house?



  6. Realme
    2:48 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    What does “It’s a well-told tale that should not be spoiled in this blog” mean?



    • ClutchCargo
      12:44 am January 26, 2018 Permalink

      It means we should read the linked story for ourselves and not some summarized version here.



  7. Aar
    3:11 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    <3 Much love and respect to John Wall. I can’t directly relate to him due to different backgrounds. What I can see through the lens of public writings like this is a person who is using his position in the public eye to lead by example. He also gives back generously. I only know of him through BBN but my appreciation of and respect for John Wall goes well beyond the basketball court. I wish him all of the goodness in the world.



  8. RealCatsFan
    5:40 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    It is hard for most of us to know what it is like to walk in the shoes of people who simply don’t have the built-in advantages that we have had all our lives. I am of the belief that a lot of the problems we see with poverty stem from fathers not being there for their children – either because of dying young, being incarcerated, or simple disinterest (the saddest of all). The kids are the ones that suffer directly, but all of society suffers indirectly when we have single mothers trying to raise kids while working multiple jobs. Or you get people who simply give up and become dependent on the government. It is very heartening to see young guys like John Wall trying to break the cycle.



  9. trumpetguy
    6:54 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Might be a good idea for all of us to write a note to our dads, and for us dads to write a note to our kids. Rarely does a day/week/month/year go by when we all aren’t painfully reminded of the brevity of life…..



  10. jzoneblue
    7:25 am January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Has Rex ever addressed the fans about the Cal to L.A. comment? He needs to do that enough times so that all of BBN hear it at least once.
    One must ask for forgiveness to truly obtain forgiveness. With seeking forgiveness, our pride can get in the way, because asking for forgiveness requires us to humble ourselves before those we have offended.