Chris Paul, the NBA All-Star who is often ridiculed on social media for failing to win a championship, is now saying that the jokes are having an effect on his daughter. Sitting down for an interview on The Pivot podcast, Paul said his child is being bullied at school because her father hasn’t yet won a title in his NBA career.
“[My daughter] at the age now where at school kids talk crazy to her,” Paul said on the podcast. “She had a little boy at school that said some reckless stuff to her. He was like, ‘Your daddy ain’t never gon’ win no championship.”
The Phoenix Suns superstar has made the All-Star team 12 times and has been named to the All-NBA First Team multiple times, Vibe reported. He also won Rookie of the Year after being drafted with the No.4 overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets in 2005. Yet, he is consistently mocked for coming up short in the playoffs each year.
In his interview with The Pivot, Paul talked about the lessons he’s teaching to his kids. The future hall of famer said he doesn’t want his kids to think they’ll find success simply because they’re famous.
“Their advantage is not their last name. That’s actually a disadvantage,” he said. “The advantage is seeing the work.”
With that in mind, Paul brings his children to work so they can see what it takes to succeed.
“You gotta bring them to practice sometimes, you gotta let them see what you’re doing,” he said. “If you think they’re just gonna make it off your last name, that’s not gonna happen.”
While he remianless ringless after 20 years in the NBA, Paul said it’s especially difficult for his family to deal with the dark cloud hanging over his career.
“It’s tough on me, but it’s even harder for the people around me, especially my wife,” he said. “My wife is the one who has to bear those late nights.”
Speaking about his daughter, Paul said she is the sweetest soul ever, but she is now being bullied with the same jokes her father has been hearing for years.
“My baby is special. She will hold it together there, but when she got in the car she called me and she was upset,” Paul said. “I had to have that talk with her. ‘Baby, some people talk and some people do.'”