Jrue Holiday will miss an “indefinite” period of time during the regular season to take care of his wife and newborn child, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune reports. “My family comes before basketball,” said Holiday. “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.”
Doctors discovered a tumor on the right side of Lauren Holiday’s brain roughly two months ago and she will need to undergo surgery to remove it. Duncan adds that the tumor will not cause complications to the birth of the couple’s unborn daughter, but she must have the baby before undergoing the procedure. Doctors are confident she will make a full recovery after successful surgery, which will likely take place later this year.
The Pelicans have been supportive throughout the entire process. “There wasn’t any pressure to be with the team or to choose between my team and my wife. They told me to be a husband first. I don’t think they know how much their support means to me and my family,” the point guard said.
Lauren Holiday is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. women’s soccer team and she retired from the sport last year to have a child. The Holiday family remains in our thoughts and prayers.