Tristan Thompson and his late mother, Andrea Thompson, attend The Amari Thompson Soiree 2019 in support of Epilepsy Toronto held at The Globe and Mail Centre on August 1, 2019, in Toronto. (Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images)
The death of Tristan Thompson’s mother in January left the NBA player responsible for caring for his 17-year-old brother, Amari.
Earlier this month, the former Los Angeles Lakers player filed papers to gain legal guardianship of his brother and was recently notified that he now has temporary control, according to People Magazine. The media outlet obtained court documents that granted Tristan “all powers a parent having legal custody of a child would have.”
Amari has epilepsy and several other conditions, which require around-the-clock care.
Tristan was also granted the authority to “manage ward’s finances and assets, travel with the ward within the United States of America and internationally, enroll ward in social and other extracurricular activities, decide living arrangements of the ward [and] obtain legal counsel on behalf of the ward,” based on the official court documents.
“Amari is a minor and has medical conditions that render him unable to take care of himself or seek gainful employment. Appointing a guardian for Amari would be in his best interest because it would ensure that someone would be responsible for providing and fulfilling his basic needs,” the claim continued.
The news comes a little over a week after the NBA player reportedly signed a contract to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA team that drafted him fourth overall in the 2011 NBA draft.
Source: Black Enterprise