“He Would Grab Me by My Shirt and Pin Me Against the Wall”: Jayson Tatum, Who Has a $25 Million Net Worth Now, Survived a Tough Childhood Before Glory

Published 01/16/2023, 12:45 PM EST

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Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the best players in the league. However, his journey has been nothing less than tough, both mentally and physically. Tatum had a rough childhood growing up in challenging conditions. Moreover, his abusive father made it even tough growing up while his mother almost single-handedly provided for her family and her young son.

During an interview back in 2022, he touched upon his problems growing up including the problems he faced when his girlfriend got pregnant. Additionally, he also revealed spine-chilling details of his father in the same interview.

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum opened up on his struggles with his father


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2022 NBA finalist Jayson Tatum is not one to shy away from talking about his troubled past. According to him, his father’s harsh treatment of his young son pushed him harder.

During games, his father would pin him against the wall and scold him in front of everybody. Following this, Tatum would outscore the entire team whenever he came back on the court.


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According to the NY Post, when asked about his father, Tatum said, “I was scared of him, and he would grab me by my shirt and pin me up against the wall, and cuss me out in front of everybody, and I would be bawling. He called me on my name.”

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While talking about his relationship with his father, the $25 million worth basketball star spoke of how he felt his father didn’t like him as a kid. The reason being? He was always mean to the young basketball sensation. However, his father’s treatment always motivated Jayson Tatum to push harder and helped him become the star he is today.

How has Tatum performed this season?


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The Boston Celtics are currently the best team in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32-12. Jayson Tatum has played an important role in his team’s successes this season.

The former Eastern Conference Playoffs MVP averages 30.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 42 games during the 2022-23 season. Thanks to such performances, he is one of the contenders to win the MVP award this season.


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Written by:

Abhinava Ghosh


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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.
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Jayant Chhabra