The death of the two-year-old daughter of Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett shook the NFL community to its core when it was announced. Now, Barrett’s wife Jordanna has released a statement on Instagram that again has the league misty-eyed.
According to Fox News, police received calls from the Barrett household regarding Barrett’s daughter Arrayah who had fallen into the family pool and was unresponsive. Arrayah was rushed to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Here is what Jordanna Barrett had to say on the matter, as she wrote on an Instagram post:
“Thank you all for all the messages, flowers, thoughts and prayers. Our world will never be the same. Arrayah was the apple of my eye, and my heart will forever be with hers. I love you so much my baby. I am so so sorry. Until we see each other again, please watch over your siblings and momma and dada. We love you forever and ever and always.
“I can’t wait to see that precious smile again, and just hug you so close. I would do absolutely anything. There is no Barrett 6 without you, and we will forever hold your place down here, until we all meet again in heaven. I love you forever and always.”
Following the news, many players in the league voiced their love for the Barrett family, assuring the couple that they will not be made to go through this loss alone. None of the voices were louder than former teammate Tom Brady, who offered a concise message, saying, “The Brady’s love you.” The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also released a statement, writing:
“Today’s tragic news is heartbreaking for all members of the Buccaneers family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shaq, Jordanna and the entire Barrett family during this unimaginably difficult time.”
“While no words can provide true comfort at a time such as this, we offer our support and love as they begin to process this very profound loss of their beloved Arrayah.”
The American Tribune offered some insight into the dangers of residential pools when there are young children in the house, writing:
Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric offered his thoughts on the issue of childhood safety in pools when the organization called for increased water safety vigilance last summer:
“Child drowning rates and nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15 years old remain high, and water safety vigilance is as important as ever this summer for parents and caregivers. Whether a child is playing in a community pool, a neighbor’s pool, or your own, we urge parents and caregivers to prepare their children for water-related activities by reviewing Pool Safely tips and signing up for swim lessons this summer. Working together, we can help reduce pool- and spa-related fatalities.”
The NFL will continue to rally around the Barrett family, who is experiencing emotions that no parent deserves to feel. The loss of a young child is certain to test Shaquil and Jordanna, but Shaq’s teammates and players from all around the league are ready to stand with him as he continues to gain closure.
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