Jae Crowder's mother lost her battle with cancer the same night he was traded to Cleveland
The news that Jae Crowder was going to be traded from the Boston Celtics was an absolute afterthought for the 27-year-old forward. Us fans later discovered this when the news of his mother's death came out.
Jae's mom, Helen, had been battling cancer for quite some time. Jae asked for prayers earlier in August when her disease seemed to have worsened:
PRAY FOR ME & MY FAMILY.!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) August 14, 2017
On Thursday, it was confirmed that Helen had lost her battle with cancer on the same night that her son was traded to Cleveland. I would be surpsided if the trade even crossed Jae's mind at that point. The mother of Jae's daughter posted this in her memory:
God blessed me with a second mother and I'm forever grateful for that. So many things that I will carry with me through life. One lesson she showed me more so than taught me was how to be strong at times when I felt weak. There were times when I struggled to remain strong while being a mother to just one child and I would think about her, who was a mother to five. Oh mama, I will miss calling you to vent, coming in your room to lay in bed and tell you my secrets. I will miss waiting for you to come in town to scream and act crazy with me at the games. There won't be a day that passes by that I won't think about you. You took a piece of my heart with you. I will get it back when we meet again. I love you mama. May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace. 💔😥🙏🏼
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
Relocating for work was the very least of Jae or his family's concerns, but it certainly doesn't help. Jae's ruthless grind and gritty defense will be missed in Boston.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jae and his family during this difficult time and we wish him the best in his next chapter in Cleveland.
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