Kim Minor Pettway shares how Alabama basketball team embraces her autistic son

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Kim Minor Pettway, the wife of Alabama men's basketball assistant coach Antoine Pettway, revealed in a long Twitter post on Friday night how the Crimson Tide team has embraced the couple's autistic son, Kingston. 

She also shared three photos of the Alabama men's basketball team surrounding and celebrating with Kingston. 

Minor Pettway stated high in the post that the motivation for it was, "#1 Everyone needs to know how truly SPECIAL this team is. #2 It is time for us to tell others about our journey and help people that may be dealing with some of the same issues we've faced." 

She then says this is the first time that she has talked publicly about 9-year-old Kingston being autistic.

"He's a very special kid that is full of so much personality and life that even if I could, I wouldn't change a thing about him," Minor Pettway said. "However, our main concern is the cruel world out there." 

She then starts to delve into how the Alabama men's basketball program, and particularly the 2020-21 team, has influenced Kingston. 

"The thing that amazes me about THIS team in particular is every single time, every single player is smiling and talking to Kingston and taking the extra effort to make him feel special," Minor Pettway said. "I often have to catch myself from crying!" 

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She says that Alabama head coach Nate Oats chatted with Kingston on FaceTime just a couple hours before the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game against LSU. During and after that game, players would wave to Kingston when they saw him. 

Alabama head coach Nate Oats talks to assistant coach Antoine Pettway during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

"They truly make him so happy and while the world may sometimes be cruel, he's truly blessed to have young men that take him in," Minor Pettway said. 

Minor Pettway closed by saying, "I want to take the time to thank the entire Alabama Men's Basketball program from the bottom of my heart for the way you all love Kingston!! I am truly grateful for each of you!" 

Alabama men's basketball guard Jahvon Quinerly quote tweeted Minor Pettway's tweet, and Quinerly said, "Family!!!" with a heart emoji. 

Alabama men's basketball assistant coach Bryan Hodgson quote tweeted Minor Pettway, and Hodgson said, "Kingston does more for us than we could ever do for him, every time I see him he lights up my day. Thanks for writing this @pettgirl made my night." 

Antoine Pettway has been a member of the Alabama men's basketball coaching staff since 2008. He played basketball at Alabama from 2000-04. 

Kim Minor Pettway is also an Alabama graduate.

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Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.