Jaxson Hayes of the New Orleans Pelicans has apologized to the NBA, his fans and family after he released a video on Friday Prior to the Pelicans’ 139-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Hayes expressed his disappointment over not being selected for the 2020 NBA Rising Stars Challenge, which is part of All-Star weekend. The Risings Stars Challenge features some of the league’s best Rookie’s and Sophmore’s. The game will take place on the 14th of February, the teams are selected by a US team and a World team.
The video that Jaxson released on Friday contains curse words, vulgar language, Hayes even says that he hopes the NBA sees the video and fines him.
After Hayes’ video went viral the Rookie was quick to backtrack releasing a statement on his Instagram profile.
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In his apology, the center says how “extremely blessed” he is to play in the NBA, and that he would “never do anything to jeopardize the opportunity” he’s been afforded.
He also said “I want to congratulate all of the players that were selected in the Rising Stars Game. Every single player has worked extremely hard this season and are more than deserving of the honor. I absolutely don’t want to take any credit away from them.
Hayes who was drafted by the Pelicans with the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft has been averaging 18.8 minutes and 8.3 points per game while shooting 25% from deep along with 66.1% from the field, Hayes has been great defensively averaging 4.4 rebounds per game and just over 1 block and 0.4 steals per game.
Many fans were surprised by Hayes’ actions, especially because his parents were both professional athletes, his father Jonathan Hayes who played in the NFL and is the current head coach of the XFL’s St Louis BattleHawks.
His mother Kristi Kinne averaged more than 50 points per game during her senior year at a high school in Iowa. She was a star player for Jefferson-Scranton High School, where she scored 3,406 career points, she was even named the 1995 MVC Player of the year as she led her team to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The NBA has not responded to the video yet but most expect that they will issue a hefty fine to Hayes.