It’s a game day ritual. I walk down the long hall leading from the media room to the locker room. I fist bump arena personnel Kevin and Jerome by the players elevator and sometimes Carlos if he’s in the area. I greet Jerry at the locker room door and we exchange pleasantries.
When I walk to the floor, there are people that are stationed in the exact same spot, sometimes for years. From Singh to Larry to Victor to Michael to Lee to Tony and Greg - there is a massive Golden 1 Center family that keeps everything moving, and on Friday night, the Kings lost a memorable one.
Joe Wong, a loving husband and father of two passed away Friday evening after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 57 years old and clearly left an indelible mark on the players that became accustomed to seeing the security guard on a daily basis.
Damn Joe! I’m still in disbelief! My heart hurt just because you were just so good of a guy! Like how can you be so positive everyday? Even in your pictures you look like the best! Love you man. Wish I could’ve told you that and thank you thank you! ❤️❤️ #SacramentoProud pic.twitter.com/h0TZzk8JvI— Harry Giles III (@HGiiizzle) July 12, 2020
Always so uplifting & positive! Going to miss you having mango hi chews and green jolly ranchers for me when I came in G1C or asking was my mom coming to the game. Wish I could do it all one more time and hug you. Going to miss you so much. Thank You for you everything! ❤️❤️— Harry Giles III (@HGiiizzle) July 12, 2020
Str8 Up HG 🙏🏾 brought the same energy everyday, Rest Easy Joe we gonna miss ya man ❤️— Buddy Love !!!! (@buddyhield) July 12, 2020
One of the happiest positive guys I’ve met during my time in sacramento...i will definitely miss him man I’m sick right now... https://t.co/cQjQyM0ny2— Kevin Yogi Ferrell (@YogiFerrell11) July 12, 2020
No Noooo😢😢😢 God bless!!! Much love to Joe’s family... walking into G1C always had a kind word...— Douglas Christie (@TheDougChristie) July 12, 2020
Wow 🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💔 https://t.co/RheVqxiGAW
When we last saw Joe, he was sitting behind a desk in the players garage working security. Always had a kind word, a piece of candy and a stash of toys for any kid that made their way past his station.
Like so many others in the building, Joe made an impact. Without games, concerts or events filling up Golden 1 Center, we won’t have an opportunity to say goodbye in the proper way, but if you are so inclined, a Go Fund Me account has been set up in his honor.