This NBA Player May Have Forgiven The Teacher Who Said He'd Be In Jail In 5 Years, But Twitter Hasn't
“I wasn’t trying to draw any attention to myself. I had no idea this would turn out to be what it was,” Jaylen Brown said.
May 01, 2019 at 5:17 pm
Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown might have forgotten about an old tweet about a shady teacher, but the internet never forgets.
On Sunday, Brown scored 19 points during an NBA playoffs game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Twitter commemorated the accomplishment by digging up a tweet Brown shared when he was a junior at Wheeler High School in Cobb County, Georgia, according to The Boston Globe. The tweet was rediscovered five years to the day it was posted.
My teacher said she will look me up in the Cobb county jail in 5 years .. Wow
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) April 28, 2014
“My teacher said she will look me up in the Cobb county jail in 5 years … Wow,” Brown wrote.
Brown was shocked the tweet was discovered, but he does not regret sharing his experience. He believes it could serve as inspiration to kids in similar situations.
“I wasn’t trying to draw any attention to myself. I had no idea this would turn out to be what it was,” Brown said, according to MassLive. “It got a lot of attention. If kids look at it the right way in terms of somebody ever said anything that tried to put them down or shoot their dreams down and motivated them to get where they are, I salute that. But I had no intention of it becoming a thing.”
He admits the comment struck a chord.
“When somebody says something like that, you never really forget it. Something like that you hang onto,” Brown continued. “I don’t really want to get into what happened, because I’m going to leave it in the past where it belongs, but it’s true.
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The Celtics shooting guard wouldn’t reveal the identity of the teacher and showed some empathy.
“In Georgia, our education system isn’t the best so I don’t put too much blame on teachers. It is what it is,” he said. “But one teacher handling 35 kids in one class it’s tough. There’s a lot of teachers who go through stuff and take a lot of crap all day, so who knows what was going through her mind that day when she said that. But I will let it be in the past. I will use it as motivation.”
Brown has no hard feelings toward the teacher and is very proud of how far he’s come despite the negativity.
“I’ll leave in the past where it belongs but it’s definitely a really cool moment to be where I am now,” he concluded. “Five years ago who would’ve thought? Especially where I come from and a lot of people come from and a lot of people come from communities worse or better. Everybody has aspirations and dreams to get to where they belong and I’m happy I am here playing basketball with the Celtics.”
The Cobb County School District did not comment on the teacher but congratulated Brown for his accomplishments.
“The teachers and staff of Cobb County are united in a single purpose — to see each and every one of our students succeed,” the district said in a statement. “We are proud of everything that Jaylen Brown has accomplished.”
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