Kyle Kuzma, the unlikely Washington Wizards star, felt the burn of social media after making controversial comments last week.
Kuzma responded to a tweet that exposed Elon Musk’s enormous tax bill with mixed results. It all started when “Kuz” retweeted a story from CNN explaining how Elon Musk owes $11 billion in taxes after selling Tesla stock.
Musk tweeted on Dec. 19, 2021, “for those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year.”
“The rich don’t pay taxes,” Kuzma posted.
The statement was ill-received by the masses, who already had a strong opinion on the ballplayer. Aside from the obvious that Elon Musk is the wealthiest person in history with an astronomical tax bill, the fans felt a bit of hubris or naivetè from Kuzma.
It was an easy entrance for critical commentary towards Kuzma, who has received mixed reactions since being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Washington Wizards.
City of Angels To City of Scandals
Kuzma was part of the deal that sent Russell Westbrook from Washington to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers also acquired three future second-round draft picks from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the draft rights to Isaiah Jackson.
In his four-year professional career, Kuzma had only known the purple and gold, and the transition brought skepticism toward the man who had the benefit of the massive presence of LeBron James.
After all, Kuzma won a championship with the Lakers, and the Flint, Michigan, native made the City of Angels home. Joining Bradley Beal also created an opportunity for a more significant role outside of the shadows of more prominent players.
On A Roll In D.C.
“I’m just in a great situation here in Washington,” Kuzma said post-Charlotte win. “The coaching staff believes in me, the players believe in me and I’m just having fun, honestly. I’m having a lot of fun.”
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