Throughout the historic college basketball rivalry between Duke and UNC, a few players have become notoriously hated by the opposing school’s fanbase. Blue Devils sharpshooter J.J. Redick certainly falls onto that list.
Earlier this week, a North Carolina fan took to social media to share a story about the Duke guard. In doing so, he revealed a little bit more about Redick’s contentious relationship with the Tar Heels fanbase.
The UNC fan, named Brandon Meyers, shared on Twitter hat he got a hold of the Redick’s cell phone number during his playing days and often called him to rip on the Blue Devils. Surprisingly, the Duke player would often answer.
However, Redick was able to get the last laugh. According to Meyers, the Duke sharpshooter called him when the Blue Devils made the NCAA tournament and the Tar Heels missed out on the bracket, just to rub it in.
A few hours after Meyers shared his story, Redick responded to him on Twitter. Although the former national college player of the year wouldn’t confirm that the trash talk phone calls happened, he did say that they sounded like something that he would’ve done during his freshman or sophomore year.
“I can’t confirm this 100% but definitely sounds like something I would do freshman or sophomore year,” Redick tweeted in response.
I can’t confirm this 100% but definitely sounds like something I would do freshman or sophomore year https://t.co/y88hgBwo6e
— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) June 14, 2021
UNC did miss the 2003 NCAA tournament, which would’ve been Redick’s first year on campus in Durham. That means Meyer’s story checks out: the trash talk phone calls were probably real.
It’s no surprise that North Carolina fans hated Redick so much during his time at Duke. The former No. 11 overall pick was a certified college star for the Blue Devils and never backed down from an opportunity to trash talk. He averaged 26.8 points per game during his senior season on his way to being crowned the consensus national college player of the year.
Even still, Redick had time to clap back at any UNC fan who came at him, making him one of the most infamous Duke players to ever be involved in the heated rivalry.