The members of TNT’s Inside the NBA sent a moving message to colleague Shaquille O’Neal and his family after his sister, Ayesha Harrison-Jex, died Thursday at 40 years old.
Harrison-Jex was diagnosed with cancer three years ago.
O’Neal was not on the show Thursday because he was with his family in Orlando.
Shaq's sister, Ayesha Harrison-Jex, died of cancer at 40 years old this morning.
The Inside crew send their condolences 🙏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 24, 2019
Host Ernie Johnson stressed how much O’Neal loves his family and said, “when he struggles, we struggle with him because he’s one of our brothers.” Johnson explained Harrison-Jex has a son and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M.
Charles Barkley sent his love to O’Neal’s mother, Lucille O’Neal, pointing out she was there for his family when his mother died.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver also sent his condolences to the O’Neal family and said, “it’s times like this when we’re all together” when discussing the league as a family.