Tony Snell Begs NBA Clubs For Contract To Help His Two Autistic Sons

None of the clubs responded to the pleas of the experienced player, he has 9 seasons in the NBA but he needs one more to get free medical care from the NBA and a pension

by Sededin Dedovic
Tony Snell Begs NBA Clubs For Contract To Help His Two Autistic Sons
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NBA veteran Tony Snell recently made a public statement unlike any other. He wasn't looking for a starting role or a championship ring; he simply asked for a contract, any contract, from an NBA team. He provides health care for his two young sons diagnosed with autism, which led him to this decision.

Drafted 20th overall in 2013, Snell bounced around six teams during his nine-season NBA career. What he desperately needs is one more season — his 10th — to secure lifetime health insurance for his children. This insurance would ease the enormous financial burden associated with treating their complex condition.

The type of autism is quite rare and requires constant treatment and therapy, and we all know the prices of medical services in the USA. His sons, ages two and three, require extensive treatment, forcing the Snell family to seek a solution beyond their current means.

Snell earned around $57 million in his career, so many are wondering why the extra income is needed. However, the unique challenges and high costs associated with specialized therapies for autism spectrum disorder can quickly deplete financial resources.

Snell's public request, which included contacting all 30 NBA teams, was met with disturbing silence. Although NBA legend Charles Barkley has expressed his support, no concrete offer has materialized. This lack of response raises questions about the league's commitment to the well-being of players after their active careers.

What is this message to players who are active and currently playing? This situation goes beyond basketball and enters the sphere of human needs. Despite his financial success on the field, Snell faces the challenge many parents face, which is ensuring the well-being of their children.

A truly noble reason for such a decision by the former basketball player. The news initially had no reaction, but now it has raised questions about the adequacy of the NBA's health benefits for retired players, especially given the rising costs of specialized medical care.

Admittedly, only through the Internet and forums, but that can encourage official discussions about this type of problem.