Ryan Anderson’s emotional media day interview about his girlfriend’s suicide attempt
Ryan Anderson’s Q&A with reporters at yesterday’s media day for the Pelicans turned into probably the most emotional moment I’ve ever seen at a NBA media day as Anderson openly talked about his girlfriend Gia Allemand’s death last month.
“Something like that just doesn’t happen for no reason, and I know that there’s a huge plan here,” he said. ‘A lot of people are going to be helped from this. And we’re in the process of starting something great for her with her family, including my family too. We have a huge plan to do something great, great in her name that’s going to help a lot of people.”
“I wasn’t planning on saying all this, but let’s be honest here. We live in a society now where you’ve got to live up to something, you’ve got to be a certain person and you’re not going to be accepted and every single person, every single person has something special about them. That’s what I want to be my goal here. To have everybody here know that they’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through in your life, you’re not alone.”
After a dispute with Anderson, Gia Allemand, mostly known for her appearance on the reality show “The Bachleor,” tied a phone cord around her neck in a suicide attempt. Anderson found her later that night and she was taken to New Orleans University Hospital where they withdrew her life support two days later due to “critical loss of brain and organ function.”