It may only be the second game of the regular season for the Michigan State Spartans, but for star point guard Cassius Winston, it never meant anymore to him than anything.
Winston played in tonight’s 100-47 win over Binghamton University with a heavy heart, as he lost his older brother, Zachary, this morning after he was hit by a train.
He was seen earlier in warmups with his hood up and in tears, and being consoled by his younger brother Khy on the bench.
Cassius Winston just walked into Breslin coirtside with his ingest brother, Khy. Cassius has his hoodie on pulled up over his head and sitting on the bench as teammates are warming up. pic.twitter.com/wqDaGj2OTS— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 10, 2019
The game even featured a moment of silence for Winston and his family before tip-off.
Cassius Winston's brother, Zachary, passed away last night.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 11, 2019
Michigan State held a moment of silence for him prior to their game – Cassius is also in the starting lineup 🙏🏻
The all-Big Ten First Team selection led his team to victory as he recorded a double-double of 17 points and 11 assists. The 17 points is tied for most scored along with forward Xavier Tillman.
Whether if you’re a big college basketball or a MSU sports fan like myself, this has to be one of the most emotional and touching moments in sports, playing through like he did.
Just like what Brett Favre did back he lost his father when he was playing for the Green Bay Packers, it shows that athletes (like Winston) can rally themselves in sports, even when they are going through a tragedy.
What I’m saying is that there is a lot of things that are bigger than sports and this is one of them.
What a very proud moment that has happened for Winston right here.