Julius Randle's wife responds after Kenyon Martin criticizes on-court kiss: 'Talk about real issues'
The Knicks had their share of problems that led to a playoff exit against the Heat, but the issue former NBA forward Kenyon Martin fixated on doesn't seem to be much of an issue at all.
Martin went on Gilbert Arenas' "Gil's Arena" show and criticized Julius Randle for kissing his wife Kendra immediately after the Knicks' Game 5 win over Miami, saying, "That’s the first thing you do? Where is your mindset at? I mean, it was the very first thing he did."
That didn't sit well with Randle's wife, who took to Twitter to hit back at Martin.
"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," she said, adding in a follow-up tweet that Martin should "talk about real issues."
😂😂😂 slow news day I guess. 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❤️ https://t.co/hzBFd7fLoP— Kendra Randle (@KendraRandle_) May 13, 2023
By the way that game was after a win. 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.— Kendra Randle (@KendraRandle_) May 13, 2023
MORE: How will Knicks build off of Jalen Brunson's terrific debut season?
Randle drew plenty of ire during the Knicks' playoff run as he struggled to match his regular-season production, but Martin's comments drew many Knicks fans to the All-Star's defense.
Kenyon Martin hugging his son Kenyon Martin Jr on the court. It’s nice when family is around to support you pic.twitter.com/DzASyuqlYg— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) May 13, 2023
Kenyon Martin doesn’t watch Knicks games. He doesn’t know Julius Randle always kisses his son and wife after home game wins. Knicks fans, stop agreeing with people who don’t watch your team’s games.— Trav B Ryan 🇹🇹🇭🇹♒️🗽 (@travbryanmusic) May 12, 2023
The Knicks face an interesting offseason after a resurgent season. Jalen Brunson is set to return as the focal point of the team, but Randle's playoff struggles and the possibility of adding a star to play alongside Brunson could lead to significant roster changes.
Wherever Randle plays going forward, it doesn't seem like he's going to let anyone stop him from including his family.