Legendary TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Sports broadcaster Craig Sager, who worked at Turner for more than three decades, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Turner president David Levy issued the following statement:
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us. There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.”
“While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”
Sager, back in 2014, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After undergoing chemo treatments to treat the disease, the cancer returned in March of 2016. He underwent bone marrow surgery in July of 2016.
Sager, who was known for wearing colorful suits, was one of the most well-liked people in basketball. The tributes have been pouring in on social media.
Craig Sager has passed away, according to Turner Sports. One of the all-time greats. RIP.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2016
Part of Craig Sager’s legacy will be how bravely he fought this disease. I plan to honor him by keeping up the fight https://t.co/d9f9wUdGvD
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) December 15, 2016
R.I.P. to the Swag God Craig Sager pic.twitter.com/cSg2w1dUUB
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) December 15, 2016
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager showed immense grace and class during his very public battle with cancer, which matched how he handled his work
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) December 15, 2016
Sager graduated from Northwestern back in 1973 and worked for WXLT and CNN before joining Turner Sports. This past June, he was given the opportunity to work as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals by ESPN.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sager’s family and friends.