Craig Sager, the colorfully clad TV sideline reporter at NBA basketball games, has been battling cancer for the past two years. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014. After receiving a bone marrow transplant from his son Craig Jr., Sager’s cancer went into remission. But in March 2016, Sager’s leukemia had returned. Sager will be presented with the Jimmy V Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards. Vice President Joe Biden will present the award to Sager.
Biden says of Sager, “He embodies the best of who we are as Americans. For four decades Craig’s been the go-to-guy on the sidelines for us to better understand a game we love and its place in our culture…” Biden says Sager is a reminder to never give up fighting cancer. In May 2015, Biden’s eldest son Beau Biden, the Attorney General of Delaware, died of brain cancer at the age of 46. Beau Biden was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments but the cancer returned in 2015. The ESPY Awards will be televised on July 13 at 8pm on ABC.