This is sad news Jersey Girl Sports fam. It has been revealed that Stephen Jackson’s sudden absence from the Spurs was due to the death of his unborn child. His wife, Renata, miscarried what would have been their first child at 6 1/2 months, and understandably, Jackson is distraught:
“I’m as good as I can be,” Jackson said before Thursday’s Spurs-Clippers game at Staples Center. “I’m happy to be back with the team. I need to be back with the team, just for my own sanity. Basketball and being around these guys helps me a lot, so it’s definitely something I needed.”
During his absence to be with and support his wife, Jackson said that San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan called him every day and that all the team including the coach, owners and teammates called to offer their support. He expressed his gratitude at this most difficult time:
“My wife is not doing too well, so I’m happy I had a coach like Pop who gave me the time to be with her. In order for me to help her I also have to help myself because this was a baby we were definitely looking forward to having. Being back with the team hopefully is going to help me be able to help my wife even more…“It was an unfortunate situation,” Jackson said. “Very frustrating and emotional and I’m nowhere close to being over it.
Players often talk about the court being a refuge from personal pain and tragedy, and I hope this serves as a much needed distraction and therapy from unfathomable pain.
Let’s keep the Jackson family in our prayers.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,