Pregnant Soccer Star Has Cancer & It's Her Husband's Career That's Making Headlines

When it was announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup winner Lauren Holiday was diagnosed with a brain tumor, fans from all over the world were understandably devastated (not least because the 28-year-old soccer player is expecting her first baby in about six weeks). But making this tragic story even more upsetting is the fact that the media is treating Lauren's diagnosis as secondary to how her illness will affect the career of her husband, NBA player Jrue Holiday.

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Jrue, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, is planning to miss the start of basketball season to care for Lauren. And though his support is definitely worth noting, it's certainly not the main talking point here -- but you wouldn't know that by the way most outlets are telling the story. From ESPN to Sports Illustrated, nearly every headline focuses on Jrue's leave; in some cases Lauren wasn't even named, only referred to as "wife":

Wow. That's an outrageous omission, particularly for sports-centric publications. Lauren is an athlete too, remember? She's an Olympic gold medalist, for crying out loud. Technically, she's a more successful athlete than her husband. So how does her name not warrant mention? Even when it comes to reporting on personal tragedy in sports, there's apparently a boys club mentality. That's just sad.

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On the bright side, Lauren's supporters aren't about to stand for this particularly offensive brand of careless misogyny, taking to social media to make sure her name gets the respect it deserves:

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On the even brighter side, Lauren's tumor is reportedly benign and not a threat to her unborn daughter, though surgery will have to wait until after the baby is born (while she's due in mid-October, doctors are expected to induce labor earlier so they can perform the operation). The situation definitely sounds hopeful, but still unbelievably scary -- and there's a lot more at stake than a few basketball games. Unfortunately, this story is a perfect example of what our society values most ... and we're not talking about the health and well-being of women and families.

 

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