New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has put a hold to his NBA career to care for his pregnant wife, Lauren, who needs to undergo surgery.
Lauren, a retired US women’s soccer star, was diagnosed with the brain tumor on the right side of her brain after complaining of painful headaches. She would need to undergo surgery to remove it.
Doctors have advised her to wait till after she gives birth before going under the knife.
The tumor does not threaten the life of either mother or the unborn child.
Jrue Holiday immediately told the NBA that he needed to leave to take care of his wife after the diagnosis was made.
“I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.”
The Pelicans team have showed support to Jrue and Lauren in statement released by Coach Alvin Gentry.
“The most important thing for Jrue to do right now is be with his wife and family,”
“Every one of our coaches and players understands what Lauren and Jrue are going through, and they know we’re behind them 100 percent”.
“We’ll continue to do everything we can to support them and help them get through these hard times.”
Jrue and Lauren got married in a scenic wedding ceremony in 2013.
The couple both attended UCLA and met each other in a way only a script could dictate.
A young girl mistook Jrue for Darren Collinson. Jrue explained who he was to the girl before Lauren, who was sitting behind him, adding that he was cuter than Darren.
The pair became friends and officially started dating in 2009 when Jrue got drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lauren is slated to have surgery six weeks after she gives birth to their baby girl in October, though they may induce labor early.