A day after the Adelaide 36ers parted ways with star American import Craig Randall II, his mum was hitting out on social media.
Randall had reportedly caused friction at the 36ers during the season with ESPN reporting the 26-year-old was often seen arguing with coach CJ Bruton and teammates during games, creating team chemistry issues.
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The 36ers released a statement on Tuesday morning confirming the club had agreed to part ways with Randall by mutual consent.
The decision left basketball fans flabbergasted, but it didn’t shock NBL commentator Corey Williams who labelled the scoring guard a “liability”.
Known more commonly as ‘homicide’, Williams didn’t bite his tongue when asked to give his honest opinion of Randall and the club opting to let him go.
“It’s disappointing – I reached out to you and spoke to you,” Williams fumed about Randall on the NBL’s Overtime program.
“I had your back and to see your body language continue. To see you arguing with the head coach that believed in you.
“Your teammates – nobody wants to play with you. It can’t be them.
“At some point when 10 people say it’s you, it’s you. You’re a hooper, but you’re not a pro.
“There is a difference. Professionalism is what you lack and that is going to hurt you more than help you.
“I reached out to you, I told you things that you need to do, and I told you how this country is, meaning that nonsense that you do, you can’t do that here.
“Just curb this, change this. What happened, you didn’t do your part and it ain’t nobody’s fault except yours.
“All you’ve got to do is keep it together and hoop.”
Williams’ savage remarks caused a stir among the basketball community with Randall’s mum responding on Instagram.
“Mr Williams, your public appraisal is unwarranted and unnecessary,” Mrs Randall said.
“Sadly, it speaks volumes of your integrity and duplicity amongst other things.
“Use your platform to build up – it will serve a far better purpose.”
You can watch Williams’ spray in the video player above
Randall faced an identical situation last season when he was a member of the G League team the Long Island Nets.
“This ain’t the first time this has happened,” he said.
“It happened in the G League, so what you did was double down on whatever the stigma was about you.
“You’ve proved them right.
“In life you are either an asset or a liability – and he (Randall) is a liability.
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. He is arguing with coaches and arguing with teammates.”
Randall helped lead the 36ers to a historic pre-season victory against the Phoenix Suns, becoming the first NBL team to ever achieve the feat.
Randall finished the contest with 35 points, a record for an NBL player against an NBA team, as he lit it up from beyond the arc knocking down nine three-pointers.
Williams still believes Randall has what it takes to make it in the NBA, but says his attitude is what’s holding him back.
“Despite what happened in the pre-season against Phoenix, you’re a fringe NBA player,” he said.
“You know the first thing they ask about fringe NBA players – you are bigger than your ability. Are you a good person, is he coachable?
“It doesn‘t even matter if you are a good person or not if you aren’t coachable.
“You probably have an x against your name in the locker room – next guy.
“This is the harsh reality of where you‘re at today.”