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Richard Jefferson announces retirement, posts heartbreaking message about father’s death

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After the awful news of his father passing away in a fatal shooting, Cleveland Cavaliers fan favorite Richard Jefferson has decided to move on from basketball.

Addressing the terrible news on Instagram, the 38-year-old let it all out:

In the post, Jefferson confirmed his retirement and discussed his father Richard Sr., who was sadly shot and killed in September. While the forward only played in Cleveland for two years, his short stint was filled with tons of meaning as the fans adored him.

Jefferson helped the Cavs capture their first title over the Golden State Warriors in 2016. During his time with Cavaliers, the veteran was very close to superstar LeBron James and fellow fan favorite Channing Frye.

The champion finishes his storied career with averages of 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In 17 years, the 6-foot-7 forward suited up for eight franchises and went to 12 postseasons. While it’s the end of a sad chapter, fans can understand the heaviness that comes for Jefferson in this emotional season.

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