Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  16 responses

Stephen Jackson Missed Three Games After Wife’s Miscarriage

San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson returned to action last night, having missed three games due to his wife’s miscarriage. Retana Jackson had been carrying what would have been the couple’s first child. Per the Express-News: “Though Jackson said nothing can salve the pain of losing a child that would have been the first for the couple, who married in 2011, he believes playing basketball and being around teammates will be therapeutic. ‘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.’ Jackson learned of the loss while the Spurs were on the first phase of the rodeo road trip. He left the team after it arrived in Chicago for a game Feb. 11, missing games in Chicago, Cleveland and Sacramento. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told Jackson to take as much time away from the team as he needed. ‘It was an unfortunate situation,’ Jackson said. ‘Very frustrating and emotional and I’m nowhere close to being over it. 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.’ Jackson said daily phone calls from Tim Duncan and support from other members of the Spurs’ family, including owner Peter Holt, general manager R.C. Buford and broadcaster Sean Elliott, have helped him cope.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    how sad. class organization

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    i was about to write the same, and i cant imagine the feeling


    As much as the NBA hates Coach Pop, he does the right things for his players and that’s all you can ask for

  • vtrobot

    Much love and support to Capt. Jack and his wife and all of the many, many people who have to deal with that crushing part of life. Life >> B-ball. Spurs = Class.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He knows what he’s doing.

  • patrick

    wife’s age? is she over 30? etc

  • Mike From Spain

    Very sad news :(

    I agree that Pop did the right thing, but I can scarcely imagine a coach being such a dick that he would not do the right thing (i.e. give the time off to a player undergoing this kind of misfortune). So, it kinda reminds me of http://www.theonion.com/articles/pro-athlete-lauded-for-being-decent-human-being,1477/, substitute athlete for coach.

  • RedDragon10

    And that would matter because?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    damn, sorry stax. i know the situation.

  • http://twitter.com/HuwLHopkins Huw L Hopkins

    That sucks. Thoughts are with you Sjax

  • dotcombust

    My condolences to Stephen and his family. nothing but love and support from the organization as expected.

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    oh ya, Pop is not just a genius on the hardwood, but also a stand up guy off it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Great coach, great teacher, great person. Condolences out SteJax and the family God makes no mistakes I pray they recover mentally and emotionally and not be discouraged to try again. Life is so precious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    age has an effect on success of birth and potential birth defects:miscarriage, autism, down syndrome etc. 35 and south is usually where higher risks occur.

  • King David

    thats sad son……..

  • jaycee

    autism is being linked to flouride in the water, GM food, and all the artifical colours and flavours. Throw in the white sugar, and you have the major causes of the westerns worlds diseases and sicknesses.