This past week, Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo suffered a horrific tragedy when his parents and two-year-old twin niece and nephew were killed in a house fire. He took the weekend off to go out to Maryland to be with the rest of his family.
He returned to his team on Tuesday and hit the court for the first time in nearly a week Wednesday night against San Jose State. When he checked into the game, he was given a standing ovation by the home crowd.
— San Jose State Men’s Basketball (@SanJoseStateMBB) January 28, 2016
CSU fans give Emmanuel Omogbo a standing ovation after he checks into the game pic.twitter.com/9gDXav7pxL
— Sean Star (@seanvstar) January 28, 2016
The Rams went on to defeat the Spartans 74-66 and head coach Larry Eustachy talked about Omogbo after the big win.
“I had four sons, now I have five. He’s my fifth son, he really is,” Eustachy said. “He’s always been a little special My wife claims that she signed him on the visit, and Emmanuel backs it up. My wife adores him and vice-versa, so he’s family.”
This was a terrible tragedy for the young man, but knowing that he has the support of the fans is certainly going to help him overcome this adversity.
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