John Wall was criticized by a Washington Post columnist last month for his decision to get multiple tattoos on his chest and back. Columnist Jason Reid pointed out that Wall previously kept his body ink-free for image purposes, and wondered whether the additions of the tattoos indicated a change in Wall’s mentality. Reid ultimately questioned whether the Washington Wizards should give a big contract extension to someone who doesn’t seem sure of himself.
[Photos: John Wall’s chest tattoo revealed]
Though Reid wonders if Wall is having identity problems, the point guard certainly seemed to have a level head when Larry Brown Sports interviewed him last week. Wall took the high road when asked about The Post’s criticism of his tattoos.
“[I have] no response at all,” Wall told Larry Brown Sports at the Bear Trap Entertainment All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Playboy Mansion last week. “That’s their decision. They can talk about that. I have no response at all.”
When pressed further about the issue, Wall refused to consider himself a victim.
“[The tattoo criticism] has nothing to do with me at all,” Wall told LBS. “That’s up to them to put what they want to put.”
Wall seemed to be pleased with the Wizards’ draft. The team selected Otto Porter No. 3 overall and Glen Rice Jr. in the second round, and Wall is eager to begin playing with them.
“I think it was great,” Wall said of the team’s draft. “We drafted Otto Porter, I think he’s a very young talented player. We’re just waiting to see the season start.”
Porter and Rice are currently playing for the Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas. Training camp will begin in a few months.