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NFL agent Buddy Baker, who represents Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin of the Seattle Seahawks, announced in a video posted on Twitter that both of his parents have died from complications from COVID-19.
Baker said his parents, married for 51 years, died six minutes apart on Sunday.
“Just a few weeks ago, they were in perfect health”, Baker said in the video released Tuesday. “We live in a world where” it can’t happen to me, it can’t happen to us, it can’t happen to my family. Well, it happened to us.
“I would like to take this time to encourage people to think about making a change. While the CDC and all regulators make suggestions on what we need to do, I’m not sure everyone really understands the importance of it. Hopefully this can be a catalyst for change. “
In memory of my mother and father, please make the right choice and help stop the spread of this virus. pic.twitter.com/FqVEWjdscq
– Buddy Baker (@ESG_Baker) March 31, 2020
In addition to the Griffin twins, Baker represents former Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin as president and CEO of Exclusive Sports Group. His client base includes athletes, coaches and executives from the NFL and NBA.
“My agent and friend lost their two parents to COVID-19 two days ago,” tweeted Baldwin on Tuesday. “He has an important message for all of us.”
In the video, Baker emphasized the need for everyone to practice social distance, wash their hands and stay at home.
“This is an opportunity for something that has been very bad and tragic for my family to prevent this from happening to someone else,” said Baker. “Sometimes, especially young people, they may feel insecure or invincible. It just isn’t. It is not an easy choice, but it is the right choice. It’s the safe choice. So during this time, I realize that it is boring to stay at home and that you will not be able to live life as we have gotten used to. But we must help fight and stop the spread of this horrible virus.
“It will bring us all together and decide that we are going to stop the spread of this virus. God bless you and be safe. ”
This is a serious matter, be careful. Protect your loved ones and make sure they do the right thing to stay healthy and safe ? https://t.co/FQsSxi0bfc
– griffin shaquem (@Shaquemgriffin) April 1, 2020
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