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DR Congo’s Biyombo Pledges Entire NBA Season Salary To Build Hospital In Honor Of Late Father

FILE PHOTO: Bismack Biyombo #18 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after scoring against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA game at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. /Getty Images

 

NBA player Bismack Biyombo will donate his entire 2021-22 season salary toward the construction of a hospital in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in honor of his late father.

Biyombo, who plays for the Phoenix Suns, made the announcement via a video from his foundation on Friday. Media reports suggest his contract is worth $1.3 million.

The 29-year-old revealed that he took time away from the sport to spend time with his father, François, who had been unwell and received treatment, first in the DR Congo and then Turkey, until he died in August.

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According to an interview with American publication Andscape, Biyombo said his father had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in July 2021. Though he recovered, the disease led to other health complications which resulted in his death.

“Once my dad passed, the love of the game kinda fell a little bit, because he was my everything. He was my friend, business partner, mentor, everything,” Biyombo said.

“One thing that really stuck out in my mind is that every day I went back to the hospital back home to take care of him, I was always asking myself, ‘What about these people that can’t take their family members out?’”

Biyombo said the hospital will be named after his father and help to both consolidate his legacy and assist those in need back home.

“I wanted to make this year about my dad because my dad spent most of his life thinking about me, my brothers, my sisters and servicing people. This year, I really wanted and I had a desire, my motivation was to make it about him.”

“What I told my agent was my salary for this year would be going to the construction of a hospital back home, to give hope to the hopeless at home. Those individuals that cannot take their family members out, I wanted to be able to give them better conditions so that they can somewhat have hope that their loved ones will be able to leave and see another day.”

Biyombo is also honoring his father in another way by wearing jersey number 18 to celebrate his father’s birthday, June 18, 1960.

Biyombo joined the Suns on a 10-day contract in January and would go on to sign with the franchise for the rest of the season.

Last season, he featured for the Charlotte Hornets, but was a free agent in the last offseason and for the first few months of this season.

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