CORRECTION:Devon Still clarified on Twitter he bought the jersey for Leah himself and asked LeBron James to sign it. The headline has been changed to reflect Still’s clarification. The story originally stated that James sent Still an autographed jersey.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James signed his own jersey for free agent defensive lineman Devon Still’s daughter Leah.
Still posted a photo of the No. 23 jersey on Twitter, which James signed, “To Leah, You’re my HERO.” Still bought the jersey for his daughter as a Christmas present, then sought out James for his autograph.
Before thanking James, Still wrote, “Santa can take credit for all the other gifts under the tree but this gift right here is going to have FROM DAD in all capital letters so she know it’s from me.”
Still and his daughter met James in February at one of the NBA All-Star FIT basketball clinics in New York City.
The defensive lineman and his daughter drew national attention as Leah battled through stage-4 pediatric cancer. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June 2014 and was given a 50–50 chance to survive. Earlier this month, Still announced that Leah is now cancer-free.
Still was signed to the Bengals practice squad last season to help pay for Leah’s medical bills and was later promoted to the active roster. He was released by the team in September. Tuesday, he was seen working out for the Denver Broncos at practice.
- Xandria James