On January 5th, Andrea Thompson, the mother of NBA star Tristan Thompson, tragically passed away from a heart attack in her Toronto home. After taking some time to privately grieve with friends and family, the 31-year-old Sacramento Kings player has finally broken his silence, and shared an emotional tribute of his late mother on his Instagram, apologizing for the “wrong decisions” he’s made in his life.
“My soul is empty as I come to terms that my biggest supporter/superhero is gone,” he begins. “I cannot thank you enough for always being a woman of faith, being one of God’s warriors, fighting back with whatever the world threw our way.”
“Mommy, all the sacrifices you did for ur sons will never go unnoticed or without appreciation,” Thompson added. “You were an amazing mommy, role model, best friend & the strongest woman I know. I know you’re here as I write this letter.”
In the lengthy, public letter, accompanied by family photos, Thompson apologizes for his past wrongs. Though he doesn’t specify about which mistakes he was acknowledging, the former Chicago Bulls player has repeatedly made headlines for infidelity, including fathering 14-month Theo with fitness model Maralee Nichols while in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian.
“All I can say is, I’m sorry mommy for the wrong decisions I’ve made in my life,” Thompson continues. “I’m sorry for the embarrassment & pain. You raised me better than what I was able to show you. But I have also learned sorry is not enough. Actions speak louder than worlds. So I won’t just say sorry. Stay tuned to the ways I will show the world what an amazing son you raised. I will show you that even when we fall & make mistakes, we get back up. You are my motivation.”