Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum went viral on Twitter today, responding to a heckler who told him to “win a playoff game” before he spoke against other NBA stars. The fracas started with a TV interview in China, wherein McCollum bashed super teams (notably the Golden State Warriors) and players who join them. That subject drew heat enough before Twitter user Jennifer Williams let fly with this:
Win a playoff game then talk— Jennifer Williams (@ChocDelight1980) August 15, 2018
Then McCollum responded with words that will go down in history:
Im trying Jennifer— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 15, 2018
28,000 likes later, the sweet-scoring guard had a hit on his hands.
The response follows the pattern of the famous “Karen” meme, wherein a relatively generic Baby Boomer/Gen X name becomes a substitute for out-of-touch self-absorption.
So far, Ms. Williams seems to have responded positively, retweeting several national reports and engaging with McCollum.
since I’m Jennifer I gotta get this man a shirt lol https://t.co/WmgBH2xC1T— Jennifer Williams (@ChocDelight1980) August 15, 2018
The chances of the response getting out of hand, as often happens when athletes engage “normal” folks critically on social media, seem high. Hopefully everyone takes it in the spirit it was meant and Twitter doesn’t end up piling on Williams.