JJ Redick Denies Allegation He Called Duke Alum The N-Word During College

"No, it never happened,” a spokesperson for the new Los Angeles Lakers head coach said.

In less than 24 hours of officially being announced as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, JJ Redick, was accused by a Duke University alum of calling her the n-word during his days as a Blue Devil.

On Tuesday (June 25), Hallemah Nash took to X (formally known as Twitter) to share that Redick called her the n-word while working with the basketball team. "I’ve only been called the n-word to my face by a white man once in my life and it was on the campus of Duke University while I was doing work with the basketball team. And today he was named the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. What a world,” she wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, she added, "For context, this was years ago and I’m a believer that we all have space to grow- especially from our college-level maturity. We live in a world where these exchanges happen and the intersection of race and privilege and lack of accountability all collided [with] that presser."

Later that night, someone from Redick’s team spoke with TMZ and denied the allegations, saying, "No, it never happened."

Nash did not specify when the alleged moment occurred, but Redick played for the Blue Devils from 2002 to 2006.

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