Julius Randle Nov 29, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) passes the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA star Kenyon Martin was one of the most outspoken players during his career, and that’s only continued in his retirement.

Martin, speaking during an appearance on Gilbert Arenas’ podcast, Gil’s Arena, lambasted New York Knicks forward Julius Randle for speaking to his wife and son shortly after a critical Game 5 win in their series against the Miami Heat.

“We just got done playing a hard-fought game in a playoff series and the first thing [Randle does] is you go kiss his wife. That’s the first thing you do? Where is your mind at? The very first thing he did, dawg, when the game was over,” Martin said.

“I am sitting there watching the game with my wife. I’m like, ‘I love you to death, but ain’t no way in that incident. I’m gonna be with my guys. We just got done winning, I’m not even thinking about you.'”


Randle’s wife couldn’t help but respond in her own tweet.

“Slow news day I guess,” she began. “Both of us grew up in single-parent homes. We never saw our dads respect our mothers. I’m so grateful my kids get to grow up watching their dad be the best father and husband.”

“By the way that game was after a win,” she said in a follow-up tweet. “He would never be in the mood to kiss or even talk after a loss lol. But talk about real issues. Not a husband and father loving his family.”

Martin, who played two years for the Knicks, retired in 2015 after 15 seasons. He did not immediately respond to the rebuttal.

[Alex B.]