The former USA player has won two gold medals and the World Cup, but many media outlets concentrated on how her illness affects the NBA season
Whats the worst thing about discovering that one of the finest players of her generation has been diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant? Is it that someone beloved and admired by fans across the world has a potentially life-threatening condition? Or that a time that should be full of happiness and hope is instead filled with dread and anxiety? Or perhaps its the reminder that even the healthiest and strongest of us can be struck down by grave illness?
Maybe all of those believes flashed through your mind when you read the news that Lauren Holiday had been diagnosed with a brain tumor at persons under the age of merely 28, and merely six weeks away from the proposed establishment of her child. But then again, if you read most of the tales on the subject, your main takeaway would probably have been that the New Orleans Pelicans will be without one of their guards for the start of the NBA season. Yes, this isnt a human tragedy but the very real possibility that the Pelicans could aim the season 13 th in the Western Conference rather than 12 th.
Holiday won two Olympic gold medals and the World Cup in 2015 but as is all too common with female athletes received herself being defined by the man she is married to, in this case the Pelicans guard, Jrue Holiday. Bleacher Report NBAs headline didnt even bother to mention Lauren Holiday by name, just referring to her as Jrues pregnant spouse 😛 TAGEND
Even if you take away the fact that Laurens athletic accomplishments are greater than her husbands she scored in the 2015 World Cup final youd think they may want to mention the person with a brain tumor by their, you know, name. Bleacher Report wasnt the only perpetrator. There was also ESPN: Jrue Holiday to be out to support wife, ex-soccer starring Lauren Holiday, Sports Illustrated( who didnt even mention Lauren Holiday by name ): Jrue Holiday to miss start of season as spouse regains from brain surgery and the Associated Press: Pelicans Holiday taking leave for wife brain surgery. The AP story goes on to tell us important facts such as that Jrue Holiday has been with New Orleans the past three seasons, but has spent the majority of members of that stint injured. He expects to return this season in full health and the Pelicans consider him as a core player along with all-star forward Anthony Davis. But nowhere does it mention that Lauren is expected to return to full health and that the baby development shouldnt be affected.
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But this is by no means the first time the media has defined a female athlete by her husband the summer months. Last month, the Chicago Tribune reported Corey Cogdell-Unreins bronze medal at the Olympics with the following tweet 😛 TAGEND
The paper afterwards recognise their mistake and acknowledged Cogdell-Unrein was awesome on her own.
There are, of course, more important things for the Holidays to worry about right now than how Lauren is described in the media. But recognise her battle as her own rather than a subplot in the Pelicans new season would be basic decency. If they need any guidance on how to deal with the story, perhaps they can look to the words of Jrue: My family comes before basketball, he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Im patently blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.
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