Ex-Duke star Wendell Carter Jr.’s mom blasts college basketball system, compares it to slavery and prison
It appears Kylia Carter's feelings toward Duke aren't all negative after all.
The mother of former Duke center Wendell Carter Jr. voiced negative issues with the NCAA and Duke in two interviews earlier this week, saying she was upset when coach Mike Krzyzewski signed Marvin Bagley III despite her son already being on the team.
On Friday, though, Kylia Carter took to her rarely used Twitter feed to say she "loves" Duke basketball.
In the first activity on the account since Feb. 21, Kylia Carter's account retweeted a tweet from the official Duke basketball account that celebrated the program's success in producing NBA players.
The comment added to the retweet said, "THE ABSOLUTE BEST PLACE TO BE A COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER AND FAMILY!!! #DUKE"
In interviews published by Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Chicago on Monday and Tuesday, Kylia Carter and her husband, Wendell Carter Sr. had different things to say about their son's lone season at Duke.
Kylia Carter said "it felt like my baby was gonna get kicked to the curb" after Duke added Bagley last August. Wendell Carter Sr. said "the rug was pulled from under us.”
Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in last Thursday's NBA Draft by Sacramento after averaging 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game last season and being named ACC player of the year. Carter started all 37 games for Duke (29-8), averaging 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. He was the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, going to the Chicago Bulls.
In a Twitter exchange with ESPN's Dick Vitale on Tuesday, Wendell Carter Jr. took exception to the idea that his family was unhappy to play with Bagley by saying his mother was misquoted.
"I don’t usually respond to things like this but mr. vitale ... you are wrong," Wendell Carter Jr. wrote. "All love ! no jealousy and marvin and his family knows that. why are you trying to tear us down ?"
When Vitale pointed out his mother's comments, Carter wrote, "yes sir i did and i was there when she did this interview. the reporter clearly wanted more people to view the article because that is not what she said AT ALL."