Plenty of people in the NBA have found ways to pay homage to those who were impacted by Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris. During Sunday’s game against New Orleans, Knicks forward Kevin Seraphin unveiled his tribute: a Paris-themed haircut.
This tragedy hit closer to Seraphin than it did for most. A native of French Guiana, Seraphin left his homeland in 2007 when he was a teenager to join a team in Cholet, which is located a few hours away from Paris. Seraphin is also a member of the French national team, and was on the squad when it won the silver medal at the 2011 FIBA European Championship. When asked about the tragedy, Seraphin gave Yahoo Sports this heartbreaking quote:
“Is that real?” Seraphin said he asked himself about 90 minutes before the Knicks faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. “That’s the kind of stuff that happens in the movies. We thought it was a movie. After a while, you start to realize …”
Seraphin lives in Paris during the offseason, and still has family and friends who live in the city. Fortunately, his immediate family was out of town during the attacks and they’re all safe, according to Yahoo.
Since the attacks, Seraphin has shown his support on social media, but Sunday is the first day that he’s shown off his new haircut. He wasn’t the only one paying tribute, as the Knicks lit their court up to look like the French flag before the game tipped off.
The gestures by Seraphin and the Knicks are small, but both of them speak volumes.
(via Posting & Toasting)