There are Celtics fans, then there’s Renard Matthews who was tragically killed in New Orleans at the end of June. For his wake, the family decided to preserve his body doing what he loved the most, playing video games and watching the Celtics, more specifically his favorite player, Kyrie Irving.
Oh, you don’t approve? You think it’s strange? Save it. I can’t imagine what that family is going through right now. Burying a child is the worst thing imaginable for any parent. If that is how they want to remember him, and have other people remember him, then that’s fine with me, and it should be fine with you.
In fact, as I’ve written before, I think that sports are something that tie us together. Him having such a strong connection to his favorite team was probably something that was talked about in the house on a daily basis. Think of yourself as a teenager. Think of teenagers that you know now. Playing video games and watching sports is basically all they do/we did. It’s one of the best parts of being a kid, you don’t yet have a ton of responsibility, and you can go all out with the things you love.
It seems incredibly insufficient, but thoughts and prayers go out to his family, another family torn apart because of senseless violence. If heaven is a place where we get to do the things we love all the time, I imagine Renard will be playing a lot of video games and watching a ton of basketball. Here’s hoping they broadcast The Finals up there.
Pat is the host of the Weekend Warrior Podcast
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