Jayson Tatum Opens Up About Fatherhood: From Apprehension to Gratitude

Jayson Tatum Opens Up About Fatherhood: From Apprehension to Gratitude

By Joël Pütz | Sports journalist

Proud father of a six-year-old boy, Jayson Tatum has not always been at peace with this status. Proof of this is his comments, as honest as they were shocking at first glance, about the birth of his child, he who was not very keen on that…

Finalist in 2022 with Boston, Jayson Tatum then lost 4-2 against the Warriors. Two years later, however, he is on the verge of crowning himself NBA champion for the first time in his career while his franchise can secure the title by winning Game 5 against the Mavericks. All that remains is to finish the work.

In the event of a coronation, the winger will be able to celebrate it in the company of his teammates and all the members of his team of course. But we imagine that he will rush very quickly to his loved ones and in particular to his son Jayson Jr., known throughout the league as Deuce. Like Riley and Cannon, Stephen Curry’s children, the offspring of No. 0 regularly creates buzz on the sidelines or behind the scenes of the league.

Jayson Tatum honest about fatherhood

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The relationship between the two is all the more beautiful because, as JT confided to The Athleticbecoming a dad wasn’t necessarily ideal at first:

When I found out I was going to be a father, I was still in college. I had a week or two left. I wasn’t overjoyed. I was a little selfish at that point because I knew I was about to chase my dream and get into the NBA. I felt like it was going to have an impact on what people thought of me, on my place in the draft.

So I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t very happy to find out that I was going to be a father, but I quickly realized that it was the best thing that could have happened to me. There’s nothing better than being a father. For my first year in the NBA at 19, it taught me a sense of responsibility. Because it’s hard to be 19 and achieve fame and this new fortune. No one can, I think, help you or prepare you for what it’s like to be 19 years old and millions of dollars.

I know that having Deuce at that age kept me grounded. Because whatever decision I wanted to make, I had to make sure he was taken care of. (…) Not that it is a sacrifice. I would happily choose these things. But it taught me a sense of responsibility, as well as making the right decisions. Knowing that there is a six-year-old ‘mini me’ watching everything I do and knowing that I have to be the best version of myself. I have to make the right decisions because he’s always watching me.

Jayson Tatum was still very young when he learned he would be a father, he wasn’t even in the NBA yet. Obviously, he was very apprehensive about it… but more than six years later, the Celtics winger does not regret this experience at all.

2024-06-17 13:10:00
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