John Wall plays professional basketball in Washington, D.C. However, that doesn’t mean he’s going to support all of the area teams. He’s good friends with Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, and his mother is a huge Cowboys fan.
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— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 18, 2016
So when the Cowboys came to Washington on Sunday, he stayed loyal, wearing an Emmitt Smith throwback jersey.
Back before his rookie season, Wall admitted he would always root for the Cowboys, despite where he was drafted and that decades-old rivalry, via the Washington Post:
We was in town, no reason not to show him some love. It was great to see him have the opportunity to live out a dream and play in the NFL,” Wall said, adding that he enjoyed the atmosphere at FedEx Field. “That was my first real NFL game. Imagine when they play the Cowboys on opening night. I’m going to try to go to that game.”
But Wall sounded somewhat conflicted about which team he would pull for. “I like the Cowboys, because of my mom. People aren’t going to like me because of that,” Wall said, laughing. Wall said he witnessed first-hand how intense the rivalry is, as he saw someone at the game get heckled and challenged to fights for wearing a Cowboys jersey. “I got to stay with the Cowboys because I can’t switch teams, but I’m going to support D.C. no matter what. I’m in between. I’ll be cheering for both of them, but I won’t let anybody know.”
A lot of Washington fans weren’t happy about Wall’s jersey choice, but he shouldn’t have to surrender a lifelong fandom in a different sport because of where he was drafted, which wasn’t his choice. If the Wizards get off to a good start in October, people will get over it.