Comedian Brittany Schmitt recently made a splash with a series about her ex, a former NBA player who joined Jehovah’s Witnesses. Who was he talking about?
Comedian Brittany Schmitt released her first full-length comedy release on YouTube back in July, but lately more attention has been paid to her materials because of a short story about a former NBA player she dated. Schmitt told the story of how a former NBA player approached her after they broke up to tell her that she was now a Jehovah’s Witness and that she should repent.
The snippet also includes some very NSWF anecdotes about their relationship (you can watch the full clip here).
Although she never mentions the player’s name, this part ends with a mention of her husband prompting her to Google how many former NBA players are Jehovah’s Witnesses. According to Schmitt, there are only two of them, which in some ways contradicts the purpose for which she is trying to maintain her anonymity by not naming him on set.
Which current and former NBA players are Jehovah’s Witnesses?
According to Google, there are actually three current and former NBA players who are Jehovah’s Witnesses: Devane Dedmon (currently of the Miami Heat) and former Indiana Pacers teammates Danny Granger and Darren Collison. Another identifying detail in general (light skin tone) seems to imply that Schmitt is talking about Granger. However, it also mentions a cousin named Kate, and a basic Google search did not reveal a cousin named Kate for either Granger or Collison.
3 NBA Players Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses
Dewayne Dedmon is one of the best role-playing players in the NBA. However, the 7-foot forward might not have made it to the NBA if he had followed his mother’s advice. Dedmon grew up in a house of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and his mother forbade him to play basketball.
As a teenager, he was thin and because of his family’s religion, he did not receive training. However, he made an effort and was eventually signed by the NBA.
Dedmon has not yet won the championship and is entering the final stage of his career. Her story is very inspiring and is proof that everything is possible with hard work and dedication.
Darren Collison played in the NBA since 2009 to 2019. He spent 4 years with the Indiana Pacers and 3 years in Sacramento. The defender has also played for Dallas, New Orleans and both Los Angeles teams.
In 2019, the guardian decided to retire and focus on his faith. He made this decision at the age of 31 after a season in which he averaged 11.2 points and 6 assists per game for the Pacers.
Although I still love basketball, I know that there is something more important-it’s my family and my faith,” Collison announced before retiring.
The defender returned to the NBA and signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers in December 2021. He appeared in only three games, and the Lakers released him after his contract expired.
Danny Granger is a Jehovah’s Witness and previously played for the Indiana Pacers.
Granger spent nine seasons with the Pacers and was one of the team’s top scorers. The forward played for the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers after Indiana. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t win a single championship.
Granger grew up in a religious family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but was baptized only in 2017, two years after her last season in the NBA.