Zion Williamson refused to say his favorite Thanksgiving food because of social media trolls

Zion Williamson has heard all the jokes about his weight. The 22-year-old forward has always been a much heavier than typical basketball player ever since he first emerged as an elite talent as a high school freshman from South Carolina. Williamson has used his size to his advantage throughout his career, becoming the league’s most unstoppable edge scorer despite standing only 6’6. Unfortunately, social media trolls have a long history of using Williamson’s weight to mock him.

On Wednesday, Williamson wrote another great performance on Thanksgiving night to help his New Orleans Pelicans defeat the San Antonio Spurs. Zion finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 14-of-18 from the field. Since Williamson was so good at the game, it was a question he was asked after that instantly went viral.

Sideline reporter Jen Hale asked Williamson what his favorite Thanksgiving food was after the game. Williamson responded: “You’re trying to set me up. No matter what answer I give, social media will clown me. So no comment.” Watch the clip here:

Williamson always seemed like a very nice guy, and was able to laugh about a situation. However, it’s very sad that the 22-year-old NBA star is so anxious to answer a question about his favorite Thanksgiving food because he knows the fools on social media will make fun of him.

Williamson’s weight reportedly ballooned when he missed the entirety of last season with a foot injury. As we wrote at the time, this was never a cause for concern. How is a person supposed to do cardio with a foot injury? It is especially difficult for someone of Zion’s size. Williamson has looked leaner and more explosive this year, and he’s made New Orleans one of the hottest teams in the league. Jokes about Zion’s weight are tired, cliché, and just not fun at this point.

It’s good that Williamson is taking this up with the class. The reporter didn’t seem to have ill intentions in popping the question, but Zion knew people would disproportionately miss him anyway. Even if Williamson looks more like a defensive tackle than a power tackle, he’s one of the brightest young stars in basketball ever.

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