Devastating news for everyone out there who loves Craig Sager: The veteran broadcaster for Turner Sports, best known for his work covering sidelines during NBA basketball broadcasts on TNT, passed away at the age of 65 following a lengthy battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Aside from his work, Sager had a few other unique calling cards, starting with his affable demeanor and determination during this battle — no matter what he was going through, he would always show up to work with a smile on his face, ready to ask the questions that he felt needed to be asked. Also, he never abandoned the bright, cheery outfits that he would wear to various sporting events, including the one that you see above. He was a broadcaster who had the love and respect of all of the players, in addition to some of the coaches. One of the most meaningful moments we’ve ever seen during a sporting event came when Sager’s son, Craig Jr., interviewed San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, and the coach, known for being very brusque during these quick in-game interviews that he opposes, sent a very personal message to him to get better.
In a statement earlier today, Turner president David Levy had the following to say:
“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.”
One other thing that you can see below is Sager Jr.’s first tweet since the news was made public, which offers a little more of a personal look at his father and what that relationship meant to him.
Sager will be truly missed. When you’ve made the sort of impact that he has on both athletes and viewers alike, you know that you are one of the masters of your craft. (Photo: TNT)