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Kevin.
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:56 AM
http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2009/09/03/john_stephens_43_patriots_back_was_88_rookie_of_ye ar/?camp=localsearch:on:twit:patriotsextra

And Sloane still managed to play her doubles match with Mashona Washington and lose in three sets.
I know this probably does not belong in GM but I think it belongs here along with Jelena's loss.

Sloane :sad: I hope this does not hurt your mental game.

The Witch-king
Sep 4th, 2009, 05:08 AM
Wow. I hope she's okay.

Rocketta
Sep 4th, 2009, 05:23 AM
Ohhhh no, that's very tramatic when someone dies tramatically...I know Angela Haynes went way down when her brother died unexpectantly, Serena with her sister.. it's a hard thing to get over. :sad:

akosijepoy
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:44 AM
condolences to her family
god bless mr. sloane's soul

Joe.
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:23 AM
omg thats really terrible :sad:

:hug:

Williamsser
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:37 AM
She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

FORZA SARITA
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:28 PM
wow so young:sad:

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:39 PM
:sad: Hope shes ok.

José Morgado
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:32 PM
:sad::sad::sad:

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:36 PM
43? wow so young. R.I.P. My condolences to Sloane and her family. :sad:

Jose.
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Poor girl :sad: But I think this will make her stronger in the future :hug:

Cat's Pajamas
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:21 PM
Are you sure they are related? :confused:

Why would he be in Louisiana while Sloane was in NY for the biggest tournament of the year for her? Also the article said he resided in Lousiana, while Sloane resides in Florida.

It also says he was charged with rape twice....doesn't sound like the kind of man to get his daughter really active into tennis. :tape:

But if it is true then I am truly sorry for Sloane.

Valanga
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:23 PM
Poor girl. I lost my dad last year and I felt the pain.

*JR*
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:32 AM
Are you sure they are related? :confused:

Why would he be in Louisiana while Sloane was in NY for the biggest tournament of the year for her? Also the article said he resided in Louisiana, while Sloane resides in Florida.

It also says he was charged with rape twice....doesn't sound like the kind of man to get his daughter really active into tennis. :tape:

But if it is true then I am truly sorry for Sloane.
I'm glad somebody had the guts to not just do the automatic "poor A, poor B" act. And besides that, nobody mentioned how he died. He was speeding, lost control of his vehicle, it crossed the road (lucky nobody was coming the other way) and plowed into a tree hard enough for him 2B thrown through the windshield (probably into the tree trunk; naturally he wasn't wearing a safety belt, and I don't know if he was DUI but wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if he was).

I'm more sorry for her for having this kind of father than that apparently "he reaped what he sowed".

matty
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:43 AM
So, so sad. Condolences to her and her family.

matty
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:44 AM
I'm glad somebody had the guts to not just do the automatic "poor A, poor B" act. And besides that, nobody mentioned how he died. He was speeding, lost control of his vehicle, it crossed the road (lucky nobody was coming the other way) and plowed into a tree hard enough for him 2B thrown through the windshield (probably into the tree trunk; naturally he wasn't wearing a safety belt, and I don't know if he was DUI but wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if he was).

I'm more sorry for her for having this kind of father than that apparently "he reaped what he sowed".

What you've never speeded. Bullsh*t!

edificio
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Were her parents divorced? Is this really her father? [He sounded rather an awful man...true no trial had happened yet.] If so, I'm sure this is a difficult time for her. Poor Sloane.

BournemouthBoy
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:24 AM
seat belt laws in Louisiana are rubbish, no one wears them.

Tech1
Sep 5th, 2009, 02:08 AM
http://www.nickbollettieri.com/aboutNick/article.cfm?artID=591

Sloane Stephens

Boca Raton

Comes from a very athletic family. Her mother was a 1988 All-American swimmer at Boston University and her father is former New England Patriots running back John Stephens, a first-round draft pick in 1988. Last year she led her U.S. 14s team to a world championship in the Czech Republic. She was promising enough to be a wild card in March at the Sony Ericsson Open qualifying tournament.

Kevin.
Sep 5th, 2009, 05:41 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/05/sports/tennis/05stephens.html


Sloane :sad:

ArturoAce.
Sep 5th, 2009, 05:48 AM
sloane :hug:
hope she's okay. :awww:

Ksenia.
Sep 5th, 2009, 06:10 AM
:hug:
It is actually very impressive that players can compete and fight after having personal problems that tough. Didn't Safina also lose someone during AO or I'm confusing things?

*JR*
Sep 5th, 2009, 02:12 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/05/sports/tennis/05stephens.html
Sloane :sad:
From the article:

Three years ago, the 16-year-old Stephens, a rising tennis star, embarked on a phone relationship with her father that evolved into a full-blown friendship, their bond forged by their similar charismatic personalities and prodigious athletic feats.

Stephens could only recall having met with her father in person twice, maybe three times, and now, two weeks after their last phone conversation, she has to decide whether to pay him one final visit.
__________________________________________________ _______
So he was totally absent from her life until she was 13, then a "phone buddy" who saw her once a year or less. Typical pro athlete as biological father, and given that he had legal problems and wasn't a rich celebrity like Dr. J (who @ least financially supported Alex) maybe he was a total Deadbat Dad?

SI.com - Inside Game Gang - Jon Wertheim Archive - -
Wertheim's most memorable piece at SI was “Where's Daddy?” a May 1998 cover story about athletes and their out-of-wedlock children, which he co-authored ...
sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/.../jon_wertheim/ - Cached - Similar

(To approximately quote Barack Obama: "Fathering a child does not automatically make you a father")

Ellery
Sep 5th, 2009, 02:13 PM
:sad: :hug:

Rocketta
Sep 5th, 2009, 03:53 PM
From the article:

Three years ago, the 16-year-old Stephens, a rising tennis star, embarked on a phone relationship with her father that evolved into a full-blown friendship, their bond forged by their similar charismatic personalities and prodigious athletic feats.

Stephens could only recall having met with her father in person twice, maybe three times, and now, two weeks after their last phone conversation, she has to decide whether to pay him one final visit.
__________________________________________________ _______
So he was totally absent from her life until she was 13, then a "phone buddy" who saw her once a year or less. Typical pro athlete as biological father, and given that he had legal problems and wasn't a rich celebrity like Dr. J (who @ least financially supported Alex) maybe he was a total Deadbat Dad?

SI.com - Inside Game Gang - Jon Wertheim Archive - -
Wertheim's most memorable piece at SI was “Where's Daddy?” a May 1998 cover story about athletes and their out-of-wedlock children, which he co-authored ...
sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/.../jon_wertheim/ - Cached - Similar

(To approximately quote Barack Obama: "Fathering a child does not automatically make you a father")

i really don't understand this obsessive need to be negative in this thread. first it doesn't matter if her father was a jerk, asshole, murderer, rapist because guess what.. he can be all those things and still be loved. We don't pick our parents they are who they are and you can love them and miss them regardless. Geesh! :rolleyes:

drake3781
Sep 5th, 2009, 03:59 PM
When I saw that she had played her doubles match, I thought that was odd. But reading further, this is a man she recently met and not the father who raised her.