Who knew Amari Bailey and his Mom are Jewish?
Amari Bailey, the former UCLA five-star recruit, was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round, making him the latest Jewish addition to the NBA.
Although it was previously reported by the Forward that Bailey had Jewish heritage, it was unclear if he identified himself as Jewish.
However, his agent, Bernie Lee, confirmed on Tuesday that Bailey does identify as Jewish. Johanna Leia , his famous mother who dated Drake, real name is Johanna Edelberg.
Bailey’s mother and grandmother were present at the draft.
Naturally she was going viral.
Amari Bailey mom pic.twitter.com/Cny3aum4e1
— ?? (@FanMahome) June 23, 2023
Damn Amari Bailey mom bad asf ??? pic.twitter.com/EtE7lESMxR
— ??????? (@Stunna999_) June 23, 2023
amari bailey mom, drake was in dat pic.twitter.com/XsKaqqSnOd
— jay (@HoodiJay) June 23, 2023
amari bailey’s mom pic.twitter.com/aVQRwQnhhS
— ?? (@PlCKENSS) June 23, 2023
The moment when Hornets fans google "Amari Bailey mom"…..
— 'Nata Edwards (@NataTheScribe) June 23, 2023
Just searched up Amari Bailey mom….pic.twitter.com/rfR5pNCcXf
— EmiyaShinto (@windex2132) June 23, 2023
Amari Bailey’s mom pic.twitter.com/M7lIwA0Voh
— Chaz (@ChazNBA) June 23, 2023
Amari Bailey mom pic.twitter.com/q5C4Q8VDsw
— Jt ?? (@HunchoJt__) June 23, 2023
I would draft Amari Bailey just to see his mom courtside
— oliver (@oliverrr33) June 23, 2023
Now her connection to Drake makes perfect sense.
It’s uncertain if Bailey is a practicing Jew, an article in the Forward last year suggested that he is familiar with Jewish customs.
Bailey’s talent has been recognized since middle school, and he has played alongside future NBA players at Sierra Canyon High School in California.