ESPN relates that Amare Stoudemire’s brother was killed in a car accident on Monday morning. The incident took place in Florida as Hazell Stoudemire was driving a Cadillac Escalade north on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales. According to the report of the Florida Highway Patrol, Hazell was driving at a high rate of speed and collided with the rear of a tractor trailer at 1:42 a.m. ET.
Authorities were notified on Monday morning that a severe car accident took place on the U.S. 27 in Florida. Hazell Stoudemire, the brother of the Knicks basketball player was behind the driving wheel according to police reports. He was declared dead at the scene after colliding at a very high speed rate with a tractor trailer. Test results will help police determine whether Hazell was under the influence of alcohol or not.
Given the terrible event, the New York Knicks’ player left to Florida on Monday in order to be with his family. He missed the Monday’s night game against the Jazz in New York, but Coach Mike D’Antoni told the press that Amare is free to stay home for as long as he needs to get over his brother’s death.
Stoudemire continued to support his team, even though he did not take part at the Monday game. After Knicks’ 99-88 win against Utah, the basketball player congratulated his colleagues for the victory through his Twitter account. D’Antoni declared that Stoudemire is going to a rough period at the moment and he needs to be understood. The New York Knicks star is very attached to his family, so he is now trying to please everyone, the Coach explained.
The team is very busy at the moment. They are now traveling to Washington where they will play against the Wizards on Wednesday. After the game they will return home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Amare Stoudemire was replaced with reserve Jared Jeffries on Monday against Utah. It remains to be seen whether he will continue to star in place of Stoudemire during the following games or not. Meanwhile, Coach D’Antoni continues to communicate with Amare through text messages.