Athletes, celebrities pay tribute to Craig Sager
Iconic NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.
Sager had battled cancer for more than two years. He was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, but the the disease returned in March 2015.
Turner Sports issued the following statement:
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us. There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”
Sager was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame this week.
Athletes took to Twitter to share their condolences and memories of the television star.
Craig Sager thanks for saving my life when I was in dire need of help in Detroit back in 1993. Condolences to your family. RIP my friend.— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) December 15, 2016
Rest In Peace Craig Sager... Thank you for all your kind words and for showing the true meaning of the word strength.— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager R.I.P.— Kenny Anderson (@chibbs_1) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager.— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) December 15, 2016
Rest in Paradise Craig Sager!!! Thoughts and prayers with his family!!!— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016
Damn man. RIP to Craig Sager. U will always b remember. Prayers and condolences go out to his family.— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) December 15, 2016
R.I.P Craig Sager !! You will always be with us You brought fans closer to the game in a fun way..humanizing coaches, fashion, wit, LEGEND!— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) December 15, 2016
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) December 15, 2016
RIP Sager... Was always great to see him arriving at work! Left his mark on the game! Rest up— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 15, 2016
Sager was on the cover of Sports illustrated in May and was profiled by Lee Jenkins.