Life in the spotlight is not as easy as you may think. That is especially true if you are former Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Jarred Vanderbilt. In the past year, he has been on the roster of three different NBA team rosters: The Minnesota Timberwolves, the Utah Jazz, and finally the Los Angeles Lakers.
While the Lakers have found late-season success, and Vanderbilt is getting some invaluable NBA Playoff experience, not everything is going his way. Just one week ago, Jarred Vanderbilt was called out and trolled on social media for one of the craziest reasons I’ve ever seen. In fact, it was so over-the-top that I thought it was a creation of some fictional narrative from some type of parody NBA website, much like Babylon Bee is to national news.
But it appears to be legit, and I’m still shaking my head about it.
Lakers player Jarred Vanderbilt is being called out for returning his clothes after he took a picture with them on IG 😢 pic.twitter.com/EKVXRBLRxe
— SAY CHEESE! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) May 5, 2023
To be honest, I was not even sure if this was newsworthy, and I’m not convinced that it is even now. But Jarred Vanderbilt was one of the more popular rising stars on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, and his career with the Timberwolves ended when the team opted to take a rather risky chance by trading for veteran center Rudy Gobert. That trade necessitated the Timberwolves to compel five players to pack up and head on over to the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, Jarred Vanderbilt was one of those players.
From Vanderbilt’s perspective, all’s well that ends well. Well, for the most part.
As a player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Jarred Vanderbilt will be a target of much more media attention, both officially and unofficially. As such, whatever he does in his life, whether on the basketball court or on the streets in civilian clothes, is far more likely to end up in a video and show up on social media.
That means that he will need to be mindful of what he does, wears, and even returns to the store it seems.