Update: Randle's mother isn't the only person denying Wojnarowski's report. Randle himself, on Twitter, is also implying that he will not need foot surgery after the NBA Draft. He also called out Wojnarowski, asking him to "check with the actual source" the next time he writes about him. Shots fired.
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— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE)
No disrespect but check with the actual source next time before you put something like that out there @WojYahooNBA
— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 12, 2014
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Earlier: Former UK forward Julius Randle, who declared for the NBA Draft after leading the Wildcats all the way to the national championship game, is expected to be taken early in the first round two weeks from now. But according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, he won't be able to join his new team for six-to-eight weeks, as he needs surgery to remove a screw inserted in his right foot in high school. That's news to Randle's mother, Carolyn Kyles, who spoke with Kyle Tucker over at The Courier-Journal.
"There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don't have a clue. They haven't spoken to us. They haven't spoken to Julius' doctor. I know for a fact, because he is my son, there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after."
This isn't the first time that we've seen a report come out about an athlete needing surgery, only for the player himself or a member of his family to come out and deny it. The guaranteed money for players selected early in the first round and late in the first round is very different, so it makes sense that all parties are trying to protect their interests. Only time will tell if Randle really does need surgery.