On April 18, NBA icon Scottie Pippen dealt with every parent’s worst nightmare. His 33-year-old son, Antron Jerrod Pippen, had passed away. Now, on Saturday afternoon, Antron’s father paid tribute to his son once again with a touching throwback photo.
Pippen shared an old picture capturing a tender father-son moment while presumably at a Chicago Bulls game. The 6’8″ forward is seen wearing a suit and tie while covering Antron’s ears as they both laugh. Since his son is wearing a Bulls hat, he must have still been in elementary school. His dad left the team in 1998, when Antron would’ve been ten years old.
Of course, Antron’s father was part of one of the most dominant basketball teams in NBA history in the 1990s. Alongside another legendary Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan, the duo led the Bulls to six championships. In addition, Pippen’s son followed in his dad’s footsteps. Antron played college basketball before his career was cut short because he suffered from chronic asthma.
Today, almost one week after his son’s death, Pippen shared more thoughts on his late son.
“Antron Jerrod Pippen
Dec. 29, 1987 – Apr. 18, 2021
Faithful, humble and resilient
Loved by all who knew him
His life and legacy will endure
RIP,” Pippen wrote on Instagram.
Scottie Pippen Mourns His Eldest Son’s Death
According to a report from TMZ, Pippen revealed that his first-born son, Antron, had passed away. Antron was the son of Pippen and his first wife Karen McCollum. The NBA great announced the news with the following statement.
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” Scottie Pippen said. “The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game.”
“Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn’t had it, I truly believe he would’ve made it to the NBA. He never let that get him down, though — Antron stayed positive and worked hard. And I am so proud of the man that he became,” Pippen added.
Antron played collegiate basketball at both Texas A&M International University and South Georgia Technical College. The latter paid tribute to Antron on social media after news broke of his passing.
“The Jets family was saddened to learn of the death of one of our former players, Antron Pippen. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Antron was a Jet during the 2006-2007 season #Jetfamily #SGTCJets,” the school posted.
Additionally, Pippen also asked fans to keep his ex-wife, Karen, in their thoughts and prayers.
“Please keep his mom, Karen, and all of his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again,” Pippen said.