Jayson Tatum’s pledge to help single mothers makes him easy to root for
It’s difficult to find a more likeable professional athlete than new Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night.
During his post-draft interview, which took place just minutes after the insufferable LaVar Ball had proclaimed his son, Lonzo, would lead the Lakers to the playoffs, Tatum said he wants to use some of his newfound fortune towards helping out single mothers. The former Duke standout was raised by his mother, Brandy Cole, who delivered Tatum when she was 18 years old.
“I would love to help single mothers out that are in school or working –– for a year or two,” Tatum said. “Just help pay for bills or utilities. It would be a blessing to have that burden taken off their shoulders.”
As ESPN’s Jeff Goodman detailed in a feature story last year, Brandy Cole enrolled at University of Missouri-St. Louis while also holding down a part-time job at Cingular Wireless. She seldom slept more than four hours per night while she was raising Tatum.
Almost 13 years later, Cole now owns degrees in communciation and political science. She also obtained a law degree in 2010.
Tatum’s performance on the court will determine how much goodwill he receives from Celtics fans. But he’s an easy guy to root for.
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