Tatum Returns Home to Family Following Death o
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas freshman guard Charles Tatum has left the team to be with his family after learning of the death of his grandfather, Dan Johnson. Johnson passed away on Tuesday night in Midland, Texas.
Tatum left Fayetteville early on Wednesday morning and will not be available for Saturday’s game with LSU at Bud Walton Arena.
“Once again we regret what has happened in our basketball family,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “It’s one of those unfortunate things that happens. All we can do is pray for the family and Chuck. As usual, the young man will go home and come back when he is ready to play. We don’t put a timetable on the grieving process.”
For Tatum, it is the second loss of a family member in just over a month. Tatum’s cousin, Ben Foster Jr., was killed in a car accident on Jan. 12. Tatum missed Arkansas’ game against Mississippi State in Fayetteville on Jan. 22. while attending services for Foster.
Tatum’s loss is the latest in the string of family tragedies suffered by Razorback basketball players this season. Sophomore Brandon Dean and freshman Joe Johnson have lost grandmothers this year while sophomore Alonzo Lane suffered the loss of a great grandparent. Sophomore Teddy Gipson’s father was killed in an automobile accident last month in the same week Tatum’s cousin passed away.
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