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The son of longtime TV sideline reporter Craig Sager revealed on Thursday that his father has acute leukemia and would be starting treatments.
According to Deadspin, Craig Sager II tweeted the grim news with photos of him and his father.
My Dad's 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let's get him back on the sidelines soon pic.twitter.com/5CNI55p2Gx
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 17, 2014
ESPN noted that Sager’s son said that doctors told the family on Tuesday that his father was "leukemia free” and “then they apologized and hit us with the gut check."
The elder Sager began his career in the early ‘70s and was waiting for Hank Aaron as he crossed home plate after hitting his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s record.
He has covered sports for TNT and TBS as a sideline reporter for nearly 20 years and is perhaps best known for his flashy wardrobe choices.
Sager will obviously not be covering the NBA playoffs this season as he tends to his health.
Well wishes have flowed on Twitter for the man who earned the nicknames "America's Sideline Reporter," and “Mr. Fancy Suit.”
image courtesy of Twitter via Carl Sager II