Did Grant Williams take a shot at Jayson Tatum following the results of the first round in the NCAA tournament? As people will undoubtedly be aware, Grant and Jayson are teammates on the Boston Celtics. However, that was not the case when they were still playing in college.
Tatum played for the Duke Blue Devils and Grant was a part of the Tennessee Volunteers. Considering that both these teams faced off in the NCAA tournament, there was certainly a kind of rivalry between both Celtics stars who wanted to see their teams win. Let us take a look at what Grant had to say and why he said so.
Grant Williams mocked Jayson Tatum for the Duke Blue Hawks’ exit from the NCAA tournament
Perhaps all of this was simply done for the sake of humor or entertainment. Nonetheless, it is still fully possible that Williams tried to taunt Tatum. Grant’s Tennessee Volunteers played against Tatum’s Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA tournament. While Duke was heavily favored to win in this matchup, Tennessee caught them off guard and managed to win the game with a final score of 65-52.
It turns out that Tatum and Grant were actually watching this game live from the Celtics’ locker room. Luckily for Grant, his team managed to get the better of Tatum’s team and ended up eliminating them from progressing further in the NCAA tournament.
Jayson was wearing headphones and watching the final moments of the game. As soon as it ended, Grant kept calling out to him. When Tatum finally turned around, Williams hit him with a “F*ck Duke.” While Tatum was initially stunned and looked puzzled, he slowly smiled and appeared to be in agreement with Grant.
Grant Williams: “JT. JT. J?”
*Jayson Tatum looks at Grant*
GW: “F*ck Duke!”
Williams’ Tennessee Volunteers beat Tatum’s Blue Devils earlier today 🤣
(via @Grant2Will/ IG) pic.twitter.com/sC9ISs1RoZ
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It is still unclear whether Tatum actually felt bad that his former college team ended up losing and was eliminated from the NCAA tournament. After all, he had only played there for a year before taking his talents to the NBA and might not be all that close to Duke. Be that as it may, Grant did not miss this chance to take a shot at Jayson’s former team and indicate that his own was superior.