NBA champ J.R. Smith has proven that sports stars are just ordinary people, breaking down into tears during an emotional post-game interview.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star had just won an NBA championship and was being interviewed by media after the game when one journalists question seemed to tug at the heart strings.
“Today is so special to me,” Smith said. “It’s on Father’s Day. My dad put the ball in my crib.”
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Smith then paused with his head down, before continuing.
“I mean, my parents, my family, that’s the biggest inspiration in my life. I’ve been in a lot of dark spots in my life, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to get out of it. But they are who they are. They fought with me. They yelled at me, they screamed at me, they loved me, they hugged me, they cried with me, and they always stuck by my side no matter right or wrong.”
“My dad is easily one of my biggest inspirations to play this game,” Smith said. “To hear people talk bad about me, it hurts me because I know it hurts him, and that’s not who I am. And I know he raised me better, and I know I want to do better. Just everything I do is for my parents and my family. I mean, I don’t really — the cars are nice, the houses are nice, but none of this matters without them. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here. I don’t know where I would be, honestly. If it wasn’t for them, if it wasn’t for the structure and the backbone that I have, I wouldn’t be able to mess up and keep coming back and being able to sit in front of you as a world champion.”