Former Duke standout and Orlando Magic player, JJ Redick, has been very well received on ESPN television by viewers. He’s fearless. He’s not afraid to go back and forth with anyone, including network star, Stephen A. Smith when it comes to the NBA.
The latest example was his exchange with Chris Russo regarding Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. Another star player who’s demonstrated they’re not backing down from anyone.
Redick accused Russo of “Fox News” rhetoric when talking about the NBA star, in the context of generalizations and the “shut up and dribble” narrative coined by FOX News anchor Laura Ingraham regarding LeBron James.
He was applauded by fans on social media and found himself trending in the top ten afterwards. But fans are concerned that his bravery may get him on the wrong side of ESPN executives and that he could disappear from TV.
JJ Redick one of the only respectable people at ESPN pic.twitter.com/JuqsF1GVGg
— dloading (@thedloading_) May 4, 2022
We need more hoop analysts like JJ Redick. Bodied this conversation pic.twitter.com/mVMLH5aMsS
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) May 4, 2022
Every time JJ Redick gets on first take I assume they not inviting him back again 😭 https://t.co/1aJ0PniFqM
— Kofie (@Kofie) May 4, 2022
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) May 4, 2022
My brother @jj_redick had to straighten Mad Dog like a flat iron! God Bless America.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 4, 2022
JJ Redick is the most “he’s not who I thought he was” athlete of my lifetime https://t.co/Pvi4WyUwqp
— Phillip Barnett (@regularbarnett) May 4, 2022
“Fuck you and fuck them. Respectfully.” – JJ Redick https://t.co/33HbVGepTV
— Black Big Lebowski (@LaJethroJenkins) May 4, 2022
JJ Redick will always have two things: time today and receipts lol https://t.co/rq3ZGNZ4Wh
— Kazeem Famuyide (@Kazeem) May 4, 2022
Stephen a smith is gonna get JJ redick off first take and doing espn tik tok by tomorrow morning lmao pic.twitter.com/enUNXieNQp
— jw (@the__johnw) May 4, 2022
Right here is when JJ Redick had the "Hold on a minute, playa" moment….. then lit him up…. pic.twitter.com/BkJkGnKLfk
— Double L must Rock The Bells (@LoveThePuck) May 4, 2022
Should viewers indeed be worried about JJ Redick staying on the air?
I debated on television for a long time. Specifically, on politics which is volatile and unpredictable. Most of this on air stuff should be getting received well, especially when its a top ten trending subject and spurring conversation.
If JJ is a good co worker behind the scenes, he should be fine. I look forward to seeing more of him.
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