Richard Jefferson Fires Back At Bradley Beal For Trash Talking While Being Eliminated
by: Black Adam Schefter On Monday, May 22, 2017
Earlier this week, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal stated the Cleveland Cavaliers, who just dismantled the Celtics in Game 1 of the ECF, did everything in their power to avoid playing the Washington Wizards in the playoffs.
“Cleveland didn’t want to see us. I always said that. I felt like that’s the reason they didn’t play us in the second round. They didn’t want to see us in the second round,” he said. “If they were going to go down, they were going to go down in the conference finals. They didn’t want to go down in the second round.”
Cavs forward Richard Jefferson heard about Beal’s remarks and called him out Friday.
“It seems like the teams that are at home now want to start talking,” Jefferson said after Cleveland’s 44-point demolition of Boston in Game 2 on Friday, according to CBS Sports’ James Herbert.
“Dion Waiters was saying that nobody wanted to see the Miami Heat … then Bradley Beal says nobody wants to (play the Wizards). Well, if no one does, then show up. If you get there, then prove it.”
The Wizards went 1-2 this season against Cleveland, although Beal missed one of the games. It doesn’t matter, though, as the 36-year-old veteran Jefferson recommended that the 23-year-old Beal check himself before he speaks.
“Bradley’s a great young player, he’s going to have a great career in front of him, but don’t talk about teams that didn’t want to see you when you’re out of the playoffs,” he said. It makes absolutely no sense. A team that has now won 10 in a row in the playoffs, the defending champions, didn’t want to see you, but you didn’t get out of the second round? It makes headlines, but does it make sense? How does it make you come across when people want to talk about basketball IQ?”
“(Beal) wouldn’t say that before the series if he was going against ‘Bron,” Jefferson added. “He can say it now that he’s out of harm’s way.”