Former Virginia Cavaliers guard and current NBA player Kyle Guy is urging the public to take the coronavirus seriously after his grandfather passed away as a result of COVID-19 on Friday.
While sharing the news of his grandfather's passing on social media Saturday, Guy used his platform to share words of advice on how to limit the disease's effect.
"I beg you, don't let this be your wake up call," Guy wrote in a tweet. "Take this seriously and stay safe."
Covid-19 took my grandpa last night. Mortality is a tough pill to swallow. You used to live down the street, now you’re with us everyday ❤️ I beg you, don’t let this be your wake up call. Take this seriously & stay safe 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/AKbmj6P97p— Kyle J Guy (@kylejguy) April 4, 2020
The 2019 NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player offered further advice in an Instagram post about his grandfather, saying: "Stay safe and continue to LISTEN to the rules put in place for this worldwide pandemic. We will get through this."
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Last night my grandpa passed away to be with the Lord. Covid-19 has destroyed a lot of families. I urge and beg you all to take this seriously. You don’t want this to be what wakes you up. When I was 7 or 8 my grandpa had me sign a piece of paper saying he’d be my manager (jokingly) if I ever made it to the NBA 😂 something as small as that was always on my mind while I tried to make that dream come true. I know he’s up there waiting for his cut lmao.. and one day, I’ll give it to him ❤️ appreciate those who have reached out and been praying over our family. Stay safe and continue to LISTEN to the rules put in place for this worldwide pandemic. We will get through this 🙏🏼
Well over 1 million people have been inflicted with the coronavirus, and the disease has claimed the lives of over 60,000, according to the World Health Organization. As a result, professional sports are on hold and most states in the United States have placed restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential travel.
Teammates and a slew of others in the basketball community, including Buddy Hield and former Maryland forward Bruno Fernando, responded to Guy's posts sharing their sympathy.
In his Instagram post, Guy, who has appeared in two games as a rookie, also shared a story about the impact a tongue-in-cheek remark from his grandfather had on his NBA pursuit.
"When I was 7 or 8 my grandfather had me sign a piece of paper saying he'd be my manager (jokingly) if I ever made it to the NBA," Guy wrote in the caption. "Something as small as that was always on my mind while I tried to make my dream come true. I know he's up there waiting for his cut."
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