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“They were just trying to attach some goofy s**t to my name” — Lou Williams opens up about the Magic city chicken wings incident

At least, Lou Williams found a way to make the most out of this incident by trademarking "Lemon Pepper Lou"
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams

Lou Williams

Former Los Angeles Clippers guard and Sixth Man of the Year recipient Lou Williams made headlines in the 2020 NBA Bubble after taking a leave to attend the funeral of his mentor, Paul G. Williams, in Atlanta.

During that time of the funeral, Williams made a pitstop at Magic City strip club, where he bought lemon-flavored chicken wings. The NBA learned about Williams' little detour, which caused him to quarantine for an extra 10 days.

Lou pleads his case

On his latest podcast episode, Draymond Green gave the spotlight to Williams to explain his side of the story. According to Williams, he felt he was misjudged by the public way too early before he got the chance to explain his side and thought they had an agenda to attach to his name.

"It was difficult for me, because I felt like it was getting to a point where all the s**t I accomplished, how I've carried myself over my career, they were just trying to attach some goofy s**t to my name," Williams told Green.

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"So, I was fighting a narrative. I was fighting a narrative, because they were trying to make me out to be a goofy. Like I was out here trippin,' And I was like, 'C'mon, that has never been my M.O. Let's not start that.' I'm getting to the end of my career. I'm in year 15, and y'all talkin' like I've been trippin' this whole time," Williams added.

Not only did the NBA take Williams' incident harshly, but so did the media. He was grilled in almost all morning talk shows, most notably by Kendrick Perkins on First Take, who also went back and forth with Williams on social media. 

It also didn't help that Williams and the Clippers' bubble campaign was underwhelming after choking a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets in the Semifinals — which added fuel to all the jokes about his incident.

Lou still stands by his decision

Despite all the backlash he received, Williams doesn't regret his decision to purchase chicken wings as he believes he still did it the responsible way. For him, it was just a matter of people judging him too quickly for a mistake he didn't intend to make. After all, Williams said that everyone was still pretty confused about COVID in 2020.

"None of us were pandemic experts at the time. Nobody, and so everything I did that day I thought I did it responsibly and this s**t took a life of its own," Williams said. "Was it a great decision? Looking back in hindsight probably not. But at that time, I didn't think I was trippin' I didn't think I was doing nothing wrong. I could see it both ways," the 17-year-veteran added.

Moreover, at least at the end of the day, Williams still made the most out of this incident after eventually trademarking the 'Lemon Pepper Lou' nickname he earned from his strip club trip. Good on Lou Williams for turning an infamous mistake into a business investment. 

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