Derrick Rose Shows His Class As He Pays For Infant's Funeral

By Ryan Heckman
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, Jonylah Watkins, a six month old infant passed away in Chicago. The story behind it all may surprise and disgust you.

Jonylah Watkins and her father Jonathan were sitting in their car in the parking lot of a grocery store yesterday. Jonathan was changing his daughter’s diaper when a vehicle drove by and opened fire on the two of them. Jonylah was struck five times while her father was injured.

Her father Jonathan was said to have gang related activy going on at the time and officials suspect that the murder was “intentional” and “targeted.”

Among all of the people around the community to come forward and offer their financial help and condolences, Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose was one of them. Rose has immediately offered to pay for Jonylah’s entire funeral.

The Chicago Bulls guard may not have been able to make his presence known on the court yet this season, but in doing things like this he is sure making up for it off the court. Rose has always been known for his humility and integrity not only as a player but as a person. This is yet another example of why Chicago is so proud to have him as a part of their city.

Rose is on his way back from tearing his ACL in the first game of the 2012 NBA Playoffs last year, and fans sure can’t wait to have him back. If his efforts outside of the practice arena are any hint as to what will come on the court when he is back, Bulls fans have a lot to be excited about.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google


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