Toni Reali, host popular ESPN show “Around The Horn,” returned to the show on Monday, after losing one his twin sons in the lead up to child birth.
On Father’s Day, Reali shared the news on instagram, writing, “We lost Amadeo in the moments leading up to childbirth. We delivered Enzo weeks early in an emergency. Last week was our memorial mass for Amadeo. This week Enzo came home happy, healthy and strong. The duality all this – the anguish and the joy – is impossible to grasp. But it’s one we know we must navigate.”
At the end yesterday’s taping “Around The Horn,” Israel Gutierrez ceded his “Face Time” to Reali, who used the platform to speak more about his feelings, including the grief he and his family are experiencing, and how others can cope in times need.
You can read his full comments below (H/T USA Today):
“The notes and the condolences my wife, Samiya, and I have received have gone right into our soul, and I wanted to say that. Talking about the duality losing a child near childbirth and then delivering another healthy one is impossible. I was talking about this yesterday on Twitter. How can you ever be whole again? Parents have had to go through this before. I’m going through this now.
“And I spent time pledging that it’s OK not to be OK. And for me, the recognition that I’ve come to is that life can be out our control. And that’s OK. It’s how we respond and what we do — that’s what we have control over. So, here’s where I am today. Grief is part humanity. Grief is pro humanity. Parents dealing with loss or anybody dealing with loss, meet yourself where you are. Give voice to your feelings. Young men, young women watching, this can be how you grieve. Don’t bury your heart — keep it on the outside and look to other people. Because humanity can lift us. That has been my experience.
“But I need to say this now. More duality, if I’m brutally honest. Today my thoughts are with children in cages. That’s parents experiencing loss too. Humanity needs to be better. Amadeo, I’ll love you forever. You’re named for God’s love. May we all be craving it. May we all be giving it to each other. May we all be compassionate enough to give it to all.”