Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is preparing to play in this week’s National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, but the events that transpired in his hometown of Las Vegas over the weekend are still weighing heavily on his mind.
On Thursday, the star revealed that his future sister-in-law was one of the people forced to flee when a gunman opened fire on a concert in the city, killing 58 people and wounding nearly 600 more.
“My soon to be sister-in-law was there, running,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of stories about friends that thankfully weren’t hurt. It’s sad to think that some people’s kids and parents aren’t going to be there for them anymore. It’s just sad.”
Bryant said that his future in-law was not hurt in the shooting, but said that having to deal with the emotions following the shooting has been difficult.
“It’s been tough,” he said. “We play baseball for a living, but there’s more important things. We’re definitely doing all we can to help. I was born and raised in Vegas, so it’s been really touching to see the community come together like that. People want to help, and it’s been unbelievable how everyone has done that.”
Bryant cited the massive number of blood donations and other charitable efforts that people in Vegas and around the country have undertaken, and said that he will be looking to help out more after the season comes to an end for the Cubs.
The slugger also sent out a tweet following the shooting:
“Heartbroken to see what has happened in my hometown,” he said. “Grateful that my friends and family are safe. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected.”