Addressing the terrible news on Instagram, the 38-year-old let it all out:
Well here’s my first post! In the last month I’ve dealt with two life changing events back to back. My decision to move on from basketball and the tragic passing of Big Rich. The support of my family and friends have been huge. This video was taken after he bbq’d for about 20 people, something he would do a few times every summer. All I would do is tell people that I was having people over to my house and the next question was “Is Big Rich on the grill?” He really was a true OG. I’m going to miss all his one-liners, his cooking and his ability to make a whole room laugh. Until next time!!!! #RIPPLAYAPLAYA #tripleOG PAPA REALLY WAS A ROLLING STONE!!! 😂😂✊🏽
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.