PJ Washington has a complicated history with social media star Brittany Renner, and Atlanta Hawks fans tried to make sure Renner was on Washington’s mind during their team’s game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
As Washington was attempting free throws late in the first half, a group of Hawks fans showered him with “Brittany Renner!” chants. Renner found it hilarious.
Washington and Renner welcomed a son together earlier this year. The two met when Washington was playing college basketball at Kentucky. Renner, who was 26 at the time she began dating Washington, has faced accusations that she preyed on Washington and trapped him into having a child with her. She issued an enthusiastic response to that talk last month.
Renner made her way back into sports headlines last week when Deion Sanders had her speak with his Jackson State football team about what it’s like dealing with social media stars similar to her.
Washington is averaging 10.5 points per game this season and has played much better as of late. He has probably gotten used to being heckled about Renner by now, but he got the last laugh on Sunday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Charlotte’s 130-127 win over the Hawks.
Brittany Renner is hitting back at critics who have accused her of preying on PJ Washington.
Renner met Washington when he was a college basketball player at Kentucky. Renner was 26 at the time they met. Washington is now 23 and in his third season with the Charlotte Hornets.
Renner and Washington welcomed a son into the world on May 5, but their relationship ended shortly thereafter. Washington complained about their issues in some deleted tweets.
Critics looked at the situation and accused Renner, who is older than Washington, of targeting young athletes with the intent of getting pregnant to ensure hefty child support payments. They accused her of trapping Washington with a child.
But Renner went on “Off the Record with DJ Akademiks” for a podcast episode that was published on Nov. 1. In the episode, Renner shared her side of the situation and defended herself.
Renner said that Washington is an adult, made his decisions with both eyes open, and said she was upfront with Washington.
“When do you as men take accountability?” Renner asked. “You are old enough to ride this ride. You want to f— with me … you want to f— me raw, so why are we babying men who make decisions for themselves?”
Renner claimed she did not trick him.
“Stop acting like someone had to pull the wool over his eyes,” she said.
Renner said she was on birth control until having a talk with Washington, whom she claimed wanted to have the child. She pointed to their son’s name — Paul Jamaine Washington III — as evidence that PJ is proud of their son and not trying to hide something, as if the baby were conceived on accident.
She also said that Washington was her “guy” and that she did want to marry him.
You can listen to a clip of the interview below, but beware of the bad language.
Washington is currently dealing with an elbow injury. His minutes are down this season and he is averaging 9.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in seven games this season.
Washington has made $7.8 million in his career and is scheduled to earn $4.2 million this season.
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PJ Washington appears to be in some bad shape with girlfriend Brittany Renner.
Washington and Renner welcomed a baby boy on May 5. But two months later, their relationship seems to be over.
Washington and Renner unfollowed each other on Instagram this month. They also scrubbed photos of the other from their respective accounts.
Last week, they both posted messages on their Instagram Story seemingly addressing the relationship. Renner shared a message expressing optimism that something better might be coming. Washington seemed to take a shot at Renner.
“You can never build a kingdom with someone who still craves attention from the village,” Washington wrote.
Then on Monday, Washington seemed to address the relationship again.
He wrote “you was faking it all along,” but later deleted the tweet.
What does this all mean? Many people thought the tweet was about Renner and that Washington feels like he was duped by the woman. They just had a child together and are now broken up and will have to arrange difficulties such as child support and custody. Many also think Washington got played by the Renner, suggesting she targeted him.
Renner has said on video before how easy it is for a woman to capture money from an athlete.
Washington is 22 and just completed his second season in the NBA after playing at Kentucky in college. The 2019 first-round pick averaged 12.9 points per game with the Hornets last season.
Charlotte Hornets rookie PJ Washington is out indefinitely with a fractured finger, and now he is revealing the strange way that he suffered the injury.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the 21-year-old forward said that he was hurt when teammate Miles Bridges threw the ball at him after a five-second violation in last week’s win over the Chicago Bulls. Washington also joked that Bridges wasn’t particularly sorry about it, per Rod Boone of The Athletic.
Washington, who is averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his first professional season, has since undergone surgery to repair that fractured fifth finger on his right hand.
Bridges might owe Washington dinner on the road at some point, but this is not even the weirdest way that an NBA player has gotten hurt this season.
Kentucky will be without star sophomore PJ Washington for Saturday’s second round NCAA Tournament game.
Washington entered the tournament with a foot injury and is in a cast and walking boot.
The Wildcats still ran Abilene Christian out of the gym 79-44 on Thursday playing without Washington. Many were wondering about his status for the second round, and CBS’ Seth Davis says Washington will miss the game.
Similarly, Coach John Calipari told ESPN’s Alyssa Lang that Washington was unlikely to play in the game.
Washington is Kentucky’s top scorer (14.8 points) and rebounder (7.5 rebounds) this season.
An NCAA Tournament winner oftentimes gets to the promised land because one star player takes over their March run. Sometimes it’s an unlikely candidate — we see you, Donte DiVincenzo — but usually it’s a star player carrying the team.
Every title contender has a player who can, and perhaps needs to, do it for them. Here is a look at ten of those players.
10) Jordan Poole, Michigan
Michigan profiles as a strong defensive team that doesn’t rely on one primary scorer. While they’re not bad offensively, they’re not elite either. When Poole performs, however, they go from a decent offensive team to a very good one. When he’s hitting consistently from deep, the Wolverines are exceptionally difficult to beat, and it opens up the floor for his teammates. Last March, Poole hit one of the most memorable shots of the tournament. If he can hit a few more from deep, Michigan bears watching.