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NBA legend Scottie Pippen now has the unfortunate duty of burying a child of his, Antron Pippen at the age of 33. “I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” he wrote on Twitter. “The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game.

“Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn’t had it,” he continued, “I truly believe he would’ve made it to the NBA. He never let that get him down, though — Antron stayed positive and worked hard, and I am so proud of the man that he became.”

“Please keep his mom, Karen, and all of his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again.”

His team, the Southgate Technical College released a statement saying, “The Jets family was saddened to learn of the death of one of our former players, Antron Pippen. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Antron was a Jet during the 2006-2007 season.”

And on to the negative. It comes as no surprise to see that New York Post, the same paper that listed all the homes DMX lost while he was on his death bed to mention recent cheating accusations his father has experienced. We almost automatically predicted it. Even in death the racist segment of the media shows no mercy.

No cause of death has yet to be stated. Pippen and his family have our prayers. No parent imagines having to bury their child. We’ll add that many of the systemic community issues that result in black children disproportinately having asthma more is something that should continue to be looked into and worked on correcting.