The beloved Sager — who was known for his vivid suit jackets — was open about his battle with cancer, sharing a touching speech at the ESPY Awards this year on his resilience. Turner Sports, the company that served as a longtime home for Sager’s professional career, issued a statement on his passing.
“There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports,” it reads. “While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”
— TurnerSportsPR (@TurnerSportsPR) December 15, 2016
Those who were impacted by Sager’s presence shared their condolences on Twitter, including the NBA organization, per commissioner Adam Silver. “A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality.” Sager was also recently inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
RIP Mr Craig Sager. Gone but never forgotten
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 15, 2016
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 15, 2016
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Craig Sager pic.twitter.com/vvayZfy7Re
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2016
RIP Sager… Was always great to see him arriving at work! Left his mark on the game! Rest up
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016