They’ve been connected digitally for more than the better part of a year.
On Thursday, they met in person. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum finally had a chance to confront his infamous Twitter troll Jennifer Williams of “I’m trying Jennifer” fame.
Where it started
Williams responded last summer to McCollum criticizing the Golden State Warriors for loading up on superstars by telling him on Twitter “win a playoff game then talk,” prompting McCollum’s response that became the catch phrase of the offseason.
Im trying Jennifer
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 15, 2018
At that point, McCollum’s Trail Blazers were coming off their second straight first-round exit from the playoffs.
McCollum won some playoff games
Fast-forward to this season, and the Blazers are fresh off a pair of playoff series wins after Portland ended the Denver Nuggets’ season in Game 7 on Sunday.
When asked about Jennifer on the heels of playoff success, McCollum was cordial.
“I appreciate her,” McCollum told reporters.”She’s probably a nice young lady.”
‘I’m trying Jennifer’ on ESPN pregame set
Now the Blazers are facing the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. Williams — a Warriors fan — stopped by the on-court set of ESPN’s pregame show ahead of Thursday’s Game 2 with host Rachel Nichols.
They just happened to be set up on the end-line where the Blazers were warming up. McCollum left the layup line to officially introduce himself.
Despite Williams wearing Warriors blue and gold, McCollum met her with a hug.
It happened. CJ and Jennifer linked up 🙏🏾pic.twitter.com/7RkpxIRUCt
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) May 16, 2019
Why did CJ respond in the first place?
He also explained why he felt compelled to respond to her tweet in the first place.
“I responded randomly,” McCollum said. “I’d seen and thought it was funny. So I just responded.”
Williams said that she never intended to troll McCollum with the tweet.
“I didn’t really think I was trolling,” Williams said. “I thought I was tweeting an honest fact.”
McCollum, who has since won several playoff games, didn’t hold any ill will.
“Thank you,” he said to Williams. “Appreciate you.”
While Game 1’s dominant Warriors win doesn’t appear to point to many more Blazers wins in these playoffs, it’s nice to see that this pair can get along.
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