Volleyball Player Says She ‘Messed Up’ After Swerving Derrick Jones Jr. in Her DMs

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The recent publicity garnered by Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has opened him to closer scrutiny, including an embarrassing exchange on social media four years ago with volleyball player Brittany Robinson.


Jones was signed by the Heat at the end of 2017, with his dunking prowess a key factor that earned him a selection to Saturday night’s Slam Dunk Contest.

At the time of the exchange, Robinson was playing volleyball for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, while Jones was preparing for the 2016 NBA Draft after playing one season at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jones ended up not being selected and signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.

Robinson, who now serves as an assistant coach for her alma mater, indicated in an updated message that the relationship she was in at the time ended badly.


Despite that potential opening for Jones, there’s no indication that Robinson plans on resuming any social media contact with him.

In the meantime, Jones is looking to use the momentum from that victory to continue contributing to the Heat. This season, he’s averaging 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Heat.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.