Jrue Holiday will reportedly continue to draw his $11 million a year salary while he is on leave to take care of his wife.
Former U.S. soccer star Lauren Holiday has been diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant with her first child.
Now her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, is taking indefinite leave from the NBA club to care for his wife, the Pelicans said on Sunday.
‘We are all praying for a healthy delivery of their first child and a successful surgery for Lauren,’ Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a prepared statement provided by the club.
‘Furthermore, we ask everyone to respect the Holidays’ privacy at this time.’
Lauren Holiday, who retired from soccer last year, was among the world’s most respected players during a career highlighted by Olympic gold medals with the U.S. national team in 2008 and 2012, and FIFA World Cup title in 2015.
The 28-year-old midfielder played in 133 games for the U.S. team, scoring 24 goals.
She also played professionally in the NWSL, winning a championship with FC Kansas City in 2015.
Lauren Holiday met Jrue at UCLA, where she played soccer and he played basketball.
Jrue Holiday, 26, has been with New Orleans the past three seasons, but has spent most of that stint injured.
He expects to return this season in full health, and the Pelicans see him as a core player along with All-Star forward Anthony Davis.
The couple has sought to guard their privacy during this time, and Lauren has yet to speak publicly about her condition.
For the time being, the couple plan to reside in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, near the Duke University medical specialists who will handle Lauren Holiday’s surgery.
After her operation, Jrue will be a primary caretaker for both his wife and their daughter.
‘My family comes before basketball,’ Jrue told Nola.com.
Burn the coal, pay the toll.
The theory of telegony posits that the Negro’s DNA is lodged in Lauren’s brain. Could that DNA be poison to her? Has anyone ever looked into the prevalence of health issues among white women married to Congoids?
The comments at the Daily Mail are the usual lot of stupid, retarded, “God bless them both” type. But at Chimpmania at least one commenter is rooting for the tumor to win.
And at Chimpmania, another commenter noted that the mother and sprog are likely to be murdered by this Basketball-American.
Smart folks over there at Chimpmania.