Throughout his career, Zion Williamson has always been nitpicked for his weight. Since stepping foot in the NBA, there's been an apparent change in his appearance, whether he's gained or tried to lose it over the past couple of years. In 2021, the Duke University native reportedly weighed as much as 330 pounds during his injury rehab to the point that the New Orleans Pelicans management had to make a deal with Williamson and his camp that his weight + body fat percentage can't be over 295 for Zion to make all the money in the contract.
Williamson is conscious of how people perceive his weight
So since many, particularly on social media, have been roasting Williamson for his weight over the past couple of years, the rising All-Star has gotten conscious about it. He no longer wants to talk about his physical health and even his favorite foods to eat at Thanksgiving. In a recent postgame interview with Bally Sports' Jen Hale, it was apparent that Williamson didn't want to share his favorite Thanksgiving meal just because he knew it would backfire one way or another.
Jen Hale: "What's your favorite dish? What are you looking forward to eating the most?"
Zion Williamson: "You're trying to set me up. No matter what answer I give, social media going to clown me. So no comment."
The interview came after the Pelicans defeated the rebuilding San Antonio Spurs (129-110) on the road. Williamson, who is finally having a healthy season, ranked up 31 points and 11 assists in 27 minutes. So far this season, he's been leading the Pelicans in points per game (23.1) as they are currently sitting in the 3rd seed of the Western Conference.
The downside of social media
Circling back to Williamson's interview, you can perceive it differently. It's either you can't help but feel for the 22-year-old for having to duck a fun and lighthearted question just because he doesn't want to get clowned, or laugh at how he decided to dodge it just because he knew it was the right thing to do. Regardless, Williamson's avoidance of answering the question speaks volumes about the downside of social media and, frankly, society's culture today.
Remember, besides being a man with supernatural basketball talents, Williamson is also a young adult who apparently now can't even answer his favorite meal. It's not an excuse for his inability to stay in shape over the past couple of seasons, but for it to reach this point is a terrible sight to see. At the end of the day, we're all just humans who deserve to rave about our favorite meals and not get clowned for it.