It is no secret that second-year guard Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat has become quite the celeb, and internet sensation very early in his career. He bursted onto the scene last season, especially in the bubble, averaging 16 ppg in the playoffs to help take the Miami Heat to the finals.
Herro, who has dubbed nicknames such as Wonder Boy and Baby GOAT, has certainly shown flashes of some star potential. However, he is very early in his development still, at just 21, and some think his celebrity lifestyle is a big cause for concern.
For starters, his high-profile “celebrity” romance with social media influencer Katya Elise Henry is quite public on the internet, including some provocative videos on the internet.
Herro’s twitter handle is raf_tyler, meaning ‘rich and famous’.
Along with the relationship, Herro also has ties with rapper Jack Harlow, who famously titled a song after the hooper which released in October of 2020. Herro was featured in the music video, and has been seen with Harlow at many events since.
Tyler does his own rapping as well, making a few tracks with teammate Kendrick Nunn.
The concern comes from these being Tyler’s priorities, above developing and potentially reaching his superstar potential. Amidst his recent struggles, and the Heat clinging to 7th in the East standings, there are questions being asked.
Ira Winderman, a reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, said in a recent interview “Tyler Herro chose to be a celebrity, to become something outside the game, as is his right”. Winderman went on to mention that a player doing that so early in his career can raise eyebrows from veteran players, specifically Tyler’s teammates in Miami.
Co-host Ethan Skolnick added on “Ultimately, the team starts to get a level of concern. In this particular case, the team has been concerned for months now.”
This is not a good look for Herro, who seemed like one of the league’s brightest stars less than a year ago, but may be losing even the trust of his teammates.