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I’ve not been in a good place: Karl-Anthony Towns recounts losing 7 family members including mom to COVID-19

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The year of 2020 has been difficult for all, but for Karl-Anthony Towns, the sorrows have known no boundaries. The Minnesota Timberwolves center has lost SEVEN relatives to COVID-19, including his mother and opens up on how he has been coping up with this tragic phase of his life.

Amid a grief-stricken year, Karl-Anthony Towns sets himself up for the next NBA season

The most recent tragedy in the family of Karl-Anthony Towns came with the passing of his uncle on Thursday, who is the sixth relative the player has lost this year, in addition to his mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, who breathed her last on 13th April at only 58 years of age.

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Now, as the 2020-21 NBA season makes its approach, the Timberwolves star prepares his return to the court with a heavy heart.

“I’ve been through a lot, obviously starting out with my mom,” Towns, who is still overcoming the loss of his mother, said on Friday.

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“Last night I got a call that I lost my uncle. I feel like I’ve been hardened a little bit by life and humbled.”

Karl-Anthony Towns
Losing his mother and six more family members to COVID has been a catastrophe to Karl-Anthony Towns. (Image Courtesy: Minnesota Timberwolves)

“I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months,” a mournful Towns went on, “I have a lot of people who have — in my family and my mom’s family — gotten COVID. I’m the one looking for answers still, trying to find how to keep them healthy.”

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Following his mather’s passage in April, Towns shared a heart touching clip on his Instagram, tributing the late Jacqueline Cruz-Towns who has been through the thick and thins of her son’s basketball career.

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Towns’ father Karl Sr had also contracted the virus but has recovered from it.

“It’s just a lot of responsibility on me to keep my family well-informed and to make all the moves necessary to keep them alive,” the 25-year-old added.

Towns, who is a 2015 first-round pickup, is set to begin his sixth NBA season with the Timberwolves.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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