Jimmer Fredette apolgizes for brother T.J.’s tweets criticizing Keith Smart

After Jimmer Fredette’s brother T.J. Fredette ripped Kings coach Keith Smart on Twitter earlier in the week, everyone had to expect Jimmer to be unhappy. The Kings are not having a good season, and Jimmer has played very limited minutes. That has obviously bothered T.J., who called Smart an “interim coach” and said “he should be an assistant at best.” Both Jimmer and T.J. have since apologized.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Jimmer assured everyone that his older brother would not be criticizing the team on Twitter anymore.

“When I got aware of it, I definitely talked to him about it,” Jimmer said. “He obviously regrets it. He’s sorry and I’m sorry on behalf of him as well. It’s something that will never happen again. It will be controlled, and he realizes that. We just apologize to everybody, coaches, teammates and everybody.”

T.J. also apologized on Twitter with the following tweet: “I underestimated the power of twitter and made a bad choice making my comment public, I erased the comment and apologize for my mistake.”

For whatever reason, athletes’ siblings can’t seem to learn from one another. As Larry Fitzgerald’s younger brother will tell you, tweeting criticism of the team simply creates uncomfortable situations. The siblings aren’t the ones who have to walk into the locker room the next day and face coaches and teammates. Whether they think they’re supporting their brothers or not, tweeting and saying things without thinking is extremely selfish.

H/T Off the Bench

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  • Matthew Grace

    Good for TJ ! its about time SOMEBODY said something.I have never seen anything so
    obvious as ‘smart”s hatred for Fredette. He REFUSES to give Jimmer a fair
    shake.  Whenever Jimmer gets on a roll he
    sits him. I saw Fredett shoot 85%, score 13 points and dish out 4 assists with
    2 steals in 10 minutes of the 4th quarter (Twolves). Fredette was ON FIRE and
    dominating….with 2 minutes left “smart’ benches him!!! If that happened
    ANYWHERE else except sleepy town, we dont have any real reporters or fans with
    a pulse Sacramento “smart” would have been run out of town..This is
    ONE example of at least 10 where Fredette is putting on a show and “smart’
    pulls him.. Not to mention the fact that alot of the Kings players have a huge
    resentment towards Fredette that shows itself on the court with some serious
    freezeouts… “smart” is a creepy dude who smiles and says the right
    things when the cameras are rolling but he is out to destroy Jimmer and
    obviously Petrie ,the Maloofs and the rest of Sacramento are cool with
    that.  I guarantee that if Fredette were
    allowed to play 35 to 40 minutes a night he would out do what the great Jeremy
    Lin is doing.

  • frank ford

    Matthew Grace is a pathetic moron!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Krista-Torossi/100001018183109 Krista Torossi

    MG is right.  Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with Jimmer fan-addict-ism is that it potentially can rub some of the Sacramento fans, players and coaches the wrong way. When that happens, then a polarity starts to be formed and instead of these fans, players and coaches supporting Jimmer, consciously or unconsciouly they begin to PUSH against Jimmer and that undermines Jimmer as a person and player. There’s a bit of this happening already and it’s not good.

    Jimmer’s main challenge isn’t if he can play in the NBA; Jimmer’s main challenge is keeping the fan-addicts from turning people against him because of their over-zealousness.

    You’re a Jimmer fan-addict.

  • Anonymous

    Jimmer will play better and have more confidence once he gets married.

  • Anonymous

    I have watched the Kings all season They have shoot first mentality.  Tyreke evans WILL NOT PASS TO JIMMERwhen he is wide open He passes to a covered cousins for the three instead or anybody but jimmer.  All the jimmer hype made the rest of the team mad and so they purposely never pass him the ball and Coach Smart is ok with that.  Jimmer is at his best playing the point with the ball in his hands, He looks to set his teammates up and they never pass it back especially salmons and evans.  it is so painfully obvious just go back and look at any tape of any game. How Jimmer remains cool and nice to his teamamtes shows how nice he is,  He is the most unselfish best passer on that team .  The Kings play street ball run and gun.  I would lov be traded to a team like Dallas or the suns who understand how to play as a team and not with guys who played one year of college and look to shoot first pass second.  The Ki ngs are athletic but play incredibly  stupid  down the stretch.  Jimmer has no chance playing for Smart,

  • Anonymous

    Please Trade Jimmer to Dallas or the suns or Oklahoma, anywhere they play real team basketball and not street ball