Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager officially announced he will not be able to cover the Rio Olympics as he begins his second round of treatment of chemotherapy.
Sager, known for his bright suits and friendly banter on NBA sidelines, began the new round of chemotherapy in Houston on Wednesday.
Sager is scheduled to undergo a third bone marrow transplant in August as he continues his fight against Leukemia. The colorful reporter was diagnosed with the cancer back in 2014. Sager hoped to delay the procedure until after the Olympics, but doctors advised him to do it as soon as possible.
The 65-year-old announced his battle with leukemia in April 2014, making him step down from his reporting duties on the sidelines. In 2015, Sager was able to return during TNT’s NBA Coverage after a bone marrow transplant from his son. However, Sager revealed this past April that his cancer had returned.
NBC released a statement on the situation:
“Craig Sager has returned to MD Anderson to continue his fight against leukemia. He is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant, which will prevent him from covering the Olympics in Rio. We wish him the best in his continued recovery.”
Sager received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYS in June. He also had his first ever Finals assignment when he covered Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.