Richard Jefferson’s viral Knicks jab was all a hoax

Richard Jefferson’s viral Knicks jab was all a hoax

November 25, 2019

It turns out Richard Jefferson was only trolling the Knicks when he said Sunday night that he chose to retire in 2018 rather than play for the struggling franchise.

“For clarification purposes, it is not true that the New York Knicks offered Richard Jefferson a contract in either the summer of 2018 or 2019,” the Knicks’ public relations team tweeted Monday.

Jefferson said on YES during the Nets’ win over the Knicks that he knew it was time to retire once when the Knicks — who have missed the playoffs the past six seasons — were the only team to offer him a contract.

“When the Knicks were looking for me to play for them, I knew my time in the league was over,” the former Nets star said.

Jefferson, who is an NBA pundit for YES and ESPN, attempted to clarify he was joking by responding to a viral clip of his comments later in the game.

On Monday, the 39-year-old former small forward replied to the Knicks’ tweet, “2020 here we come #comeback,” along with a laughing emoji.

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