NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns surprised everyone on Thursday night, when he revealed he had been hit by a drunk driver in Los Angeles before the 2020-21 basketball season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves player was answering fans questions during a Instagram Q&A, when he was asked, “how do you stay so strong after overcoming so much?,” referencing how the athlete lost his mom to COVID-19 back in April — and his own positive coronavirus diagnosis earlier this month.
Town credited his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, for being his support system and helping him get through the hardships of the last year, including the car accident, which up until now had been unknown.
“My woman [Woods] has held me down more than the world knows. From my mother and family members dying (1 on her bday in Cabo),” he wrote, slipping in the shocking news of his accident, “getting hit by a drunk driver (was 2pm in the afternoon FYI) in LA this Off-Season and staying with me in the hospital for the night and helping me in rehab.
“To this stint with COVID she has been there with me every step of the way and stayed ten toes down,” the 25-year-old continued. “My love for her knows no bounds and I would be remiss if I don’t acknowledge the power a good woman can have in your life.”
Towns and Woods made their relationship Instagram official in September. Woods captioned a series of photos of her and the basketball player embracing on a beach.
“I found you, then I found me?” Woods captioned the photos on her Instagram. In one photo, we see the model wrapping herself around Towns, before striking an adorable pose together. In the third pic, the couple is seen laying in the sand, smiling from ear-to-ear.
Towns announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on January 15. He released a statement after receiving the “awful call” with his diagnosis. He vowed to win the battle with the virus and said he would immediately isolate and follow every protocol.
“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions,” he wrote on Instagram. “We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”