John Wall Got Very Emotional While Discussing The Death Of A 6-Year-Old Cancer Patient Last Night
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall isn’t a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s also not a guy who talks a lot when it comes to the media or a guy who gets too high or too low during NBA games. He does a really good job of keeping his emotions in check at all times. And it helps him out a lot when he’s trying to beat up on opposing point guards. But after the Wizards knocked off the Boston Celtics in double overtime last night, Wall was very emotional. And he couldn’t help but shed a few tears during a post-game interview.
Wall’s emotional outburst didn’t have anything to do with the game of basketball, though. Rather, Wall got very upset while discussing the death of 6-year-old Damiyah Telemaque-Nelson, a little girl who fought—and fought hard—to try and beat cancer over the course of the last year. Wall met her back in March and, ever since then, the two have stayed connected. As recently as two weeks ago, Wall and Damiyah spoke through FaceTime. And Wall even helped Damiyah meet Nicki Minaj earlier this year. But yesterday, Wall found out that Damiyah had passed away. So he was understandably upset all day and night long and couldn’t help but cry after the Wizards won their game against the Celtics.
“This game was really meant for her,” he said during his post-game interview. “It would’ve been an even tougher day to lose it. I just went into a mode where I didn’t want to lose this game.”
Wall made it his mission to do everything in his power to not lose the game. He scored 26 points and made several key plays in OT to will Washington to a win. However, when it was over, he did lose his composure while discussing Damiyah. And as you can see in this clip, he showed the world a different side of himself in the process:
This video is a good reminder that pro athletes aren’t immune to the problems that other people deal with. Even though it might seem like it sometimes, they deal with a lot of the same things that everyone else does. They just do it on a bigger stage and, in some cases, are forced to showcase their emotions in front of the entire world. What a powerful moment this was.