Wade, Alleva reflect on life of murdered basketball player Wayde Sims

September 28, 2018 - 11:51 am

Tyler Nunez, Assistant Editor of Tiger Rag

Instead of celebrating its first day of practice, the LSU basketball team spent its Friday mourning the tragic loss of teammate Wayde Sims.

Sims was fatally shot early Friday morning near the campus of Southern University, according to reports.

All basketball functions scheduled for the day were abruptly cancelled, and head coach Will Wade and athletics director Joe Alleva addressed the media just hours after learning of the incident.

“Early this morning we got the call that you never want to get as a head coach,” Wade said. “We rushed down to the hospital and they let us know the news on Wayde.”

Alleva described the events as the most tragic he has ever experience, calling it “the saddest day he’s ever experienced in his career.”

“This world that we live in of athletics has its ups and its downs,” Alleva said. “There are know lower downs than what happened last night. It is an absolute tragedy when a young life gets cut off so senselessly.”

After spending much of the morning with Sims’ family, Wade went back to campus where the Tigers were scheduled to workout. He shared the news with Sims’ teammates there.

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