NBA Star Gives Up Career To Care For Wife Diagnosed With Brain Tumor While Pregnant

In 2013, Jrue and Lauren got married in a picturesque ceremony.















The couple met years before in the cutest way. While both attending UCLA, a young girl asked Jrue if he was Darren Collinson. When Jrue explained who he was, Lauren, who had been sitting behind him, told him that he was cuter than Darren anyway.

They had been dating other people at the time of their meet cute, but the couple eventually began dating after Jrue was drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2009.


Lauren retired from playing midfielder after USA beat Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Less than six months later, she was pregnant with her and Jrue’s first child.

On September 4, 2016 the New Orleans Pelicans announced that Jrue was leaving the team indefinitely to take care of Lauren.

“We are all praying for a healthy delivery of their first child and a successful surgery for Lauren,’ Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a prepared statement provided by the club.”

“Furthermore, we ask everyone to respect the Holidays’ privacy at this time.”

“The most important thing for Jrue to do right now is be with his wife and family,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement.

“Every one of our coaches and players understands what Lauren and Jrue are going through, and they know we’re behind them 100 per cent.”

For Jrue, it wasn’t a question of what he was going to do when he’d heard the devastating news. He had to support his wife in every way possible.

“My family comes before basketball,” Jrue told Nola.com.

Lauren will have surgery six weeks after she gives birth to their baby girl in mid-October, though they may induce labor early. At this time, they are maintaining their privacy about the situation and focusing solely on Lauren and their baby’s health.

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