Karl Anthony Towns received the match ball after beating the Detroit Pistons. In a post-game interview, the player gave a rough and heartbreaking interview after losing his mother to complications from COVID-19.
When asked where he would place the prize, he replied, “I’ll put it next to my mother. I’m just glad I got this for her. I told her I wanted to bring her this victory and her this ball. I was just glad I made it. I don’t even recognize most of my other games and years I’ve played and how I felt then. If I can be honest with you for a second, I mean I don’t really remember or really care. ‘
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He continued when he went deaf, which was the day of his mother’s death.
“I only know what happened on April 13th. Because maybe you can smile and see me like that, but that Karl died on April 13th. He never comes back. I don’t remember this man. I don’t know this man. You are talking to the physical me, but my soul was killed a long time ago. ‘
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His mother isn’t the only person he’s lost since the pandemic started. He also had to say goodbye to seven other family members.
“I’ve been through a lot and obviously started with my mother. I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the past seven months, eight months. But I have a lot of people who – in my family and in my mother’s family – got Covid. I’m still the one looking for answers and trying to figure out how to keep them healthy. It is just a big responsibility for me to keep my family well informed and to take all necessary steps to keep them alive. ‘
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This just goes to show that Covid-19 is not to be taken lightly.