Gordon Hayward tears up during emotional interview about injury (vid)
Gordon Hayward opened up to Matt Lauer in an interview airing Thursday on “TODAY” while detaling the immediate aftermath of a devastating injury suffered during his first regular-season game as a member of the Boston Celtics.
Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in a gruesome scene in an opening night loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hayward described the heartbreak of having his parents in the stands at Quicken Loans Arena and seeing his mother crying.
“I mean, as a parent, you don’t want your child to go through that,” Hayward told Lauer, as transcribed by NESN. “And as a parent myself, it’s like, I (was) thinking, I would rather take their pain. And this is where it makes me emotional, because — like, I wouldn’t want (my two children) Bernie or Charlie to go through that.”
An emotional Hayward paused briefly before adding, “I remember seeing my mom and she’s crying. Like, that’s just tough — it’s tough to see your parents cry, too, because it makes you emotional.”
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Hayward on Wednesday night published a post on Facebook in which he announced that he won’t be returning at any point of the 2017-18 NBA season due to the severity of his injuries.
“The Celtics organization has been just over the top in every aspect,” Hayward wrote. “They know I will not be back on the court at all this season, but they have been making sure I have every resource I need and are making me feel like I am a part of the team,” Hayward wrote.
Hayward in the blog post also expressed sincere gratitude for all the support he’s received in the past few weeks and pledged to do whatever he can to support the Celtics during his recovery.
“I know I can’t help them physically on the court, but I am going to do everything in my power to support my teammates and coaches in every way imaginable,” Hayward wrote. “Whether it’s breaking down film or just providing leadership and guidance, I can’t wait to give back. I’ve already received so much.”