Dion Waiters, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard, won’t be joining the team for the game against Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday as he mourns the untimely death of his older brother, Demetrius Pinckney, who passed away in hometown Philadelphia on Tuesday.
In a tragic turn of events, Waiters’ brother and five others were killed in three different acts of violence, according to Fox 29 News. Though no arrests have been made, Philadelphia police is close to nabbing the perpetrators of the acts.
A distraught Dion Waiters took to Instagram. “The call I just got about my lil brother wasn’t expecting this s—…..crushed my heart I never question why…. But this hurt…. I promise I got Yu mark my word….. Love Yu kid… r.i.p.” (See Below)
Thunder support their player…
Understandably, the Thunder organization want to see Waiters attend to personal matters and forget about basketball for a while. “We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dion’s brother, and he has our full support. Dion and his family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” OKC general manager Sam Presti said in a team statement.
Thunder star Kevin Durant said, “We feel for Dion (Waiters), man. He’s our brother and it’s tough for anyone to go through that, and we have his back on everything. He’s got our love and support throughout it all, and he knows we’re here for him.”
This isn’t the first bit of difficult news the OKC organization has dealt with in recent weeks. On February 9, Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife was killed in a multicar crash. On March 2, Thunder co-owner Aubrey McClendon died in a single-car crash. It has not been an auspicious 2016 for the Oklahoma City-based franchise.
Tragic 2016 for OKC…
Durant realizes that it has been a painful few months. “That’s how life throws it at you sometimes,” said the former league MVP. “Definitely unfortunate to go through it, but the only thing we can do is continue to stick together as an organization, as a family and help everyone through this. That’s what brings everyone together. It’s definitely tough for all three families, but they have our support and our love.”
Dion Waiters, 24, was drafted with the third overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012 before being traded to Thunder last season.
— theScore (@theScore) March 9, 2016