If you don’t already personally know someone who has contracted the coronavirus, you likely will in the future. That reality is beginning to set in for many.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, a former security guard to both Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins, 56-year old Noordin Said, died on Tuesday morning due to the effects of the coronavirus. Said’s mother, Anezia Clemons, also died from the coronavirus, just seven hours before her son did.
Said was a beloved figure in not only NBA circles but in the music industry, as well. He served as a security guard for other NBA players, including Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, along with celebrities such as Beyonce, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, and several others. According to Haynes, Said worked for all of the players individually, not through their respective organizations.
Cousins worked with Said beginning in 2015 during the NBA’s All-Star weekend, continuing through the 2016 Olympics and 2017 All-Star weekend. Said apparently worked with Rondo as recent as this past season during most of the Los Angeles Lakers home games.
“I was heartbroken,” Cousins told Haynes about the passing of Said. “It sucks, especially losing a guy like him. He’s an A-1, first-class-type dude. Anybody he’s ever come in contact with, all you heard was good reviews. He’s just a good, genuine dude. He took his job seriously, did it with class, did it with the best of his abilities, super professional, and the family man in him would give you advice on the daily. He was an OG at the same time. This hurts. It was a bad situation. There wasn’t much you could do. All you could do was sit from afar and hope and pray for the best. And that’s what we did.”
Haynes wrote that Cousins last spoke with Said when the former ‘Cat was waived by the Lakers back on Feb. 23. Cousins reached out to contact Said last week but never received a text back.