Dion Waiters posted a message on Instagram Monday night intended for his weight gain critics.
Waiters posted a before and after photo on Instagram showing how chubby he was last season when he returned from multiple foot surgeries.
Interesting message from Dion Waiters tonight on his Instagram. He clearly heard and read the jokes about his weight. These guys are human. Social media can be a cruel place. pic.twitter.com/GsvHXvM56O
— Will Manso (@WillManso) July 16, 2019
“Last year when I came off 1 of the most depressing & frustrating times of my life. Coming off injury & not feeling like myself nor looking like myself I was in a dark place mentally & physically , Because the game I love so much was taken away due to season ending surgery. Now a days with this social media ran world they laughed at me made jokes etc not knowing what I was battling or going through everyday. So instead of me joining the circus I told myself you from (Philly) you’ve been through worst s— in your life than this. So I promise myself I would work my a– off & get back to where I was before the injury. I’m not done yet but I kno somebody in the world prolli needed to hear this. Stay positive block out the outside noise & grind,” Waiters wrote (profanity edited).
The present day photo appears to show Waiters has gotten into much better shape.
Waiters has endured a rough time the last three seasons. He missed time in 2016-2017 with a quad tear; missed more than half the 2017-2018 season due to ankle surgery; and he only played half of last season’s games as he returned.
He showed last year that the weight gain critics had bothered him. Now he is finally healthy enough to show them up. He probably can’t wait for the season to start.