Sometimes, we seem to forget that professional athletes are more than just jersey numbers and statistics. They are real-live human beings with families.
For new Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder, life itself took two unexpected turns this week.
Just as Crowder was being shipped to Cleveland in the deal that brought the Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving, his mother passed away after a battle with cancer.
Can confirm report of @LeadingSports_ that Jae Crowder's mother Helen lost her battle with cancer. Was dealing with this and trade. Prayers pic.twitter.com/S0Rll5kFKf
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) August 24, 2017
Talk about the sobering reality of life.
Crowder’s most-recent post on social media seemed to be a precursor to the news that would later come.
PRAY FOR ME & MY FAMILY.!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) August 14, 2017
There are numerous photos of Crowder with his mother, Helen Thompson, floating around the Internet. One such visual comes to mind with the two attending a fundraiser in his home state of Georgia.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Crowder, the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers organizations and his family during these most difficult of times.