SERGE IBAKA ON DISCOVERING HE WAS A FATHER

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Raine is Serge Ibaka’s “little princess.” The NBA star shared a picture of his little one a few months back, after learning that he was her father.

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“A lot of people don’t know I have a daughter here [in the Congo]. I didn’t even find out about her myself until two years ago,” said Serge in a recent documentary of his life called Son of the Congo. The Oklahoma City ‘Thunder’ player did not learn that Raine was his child until she was 5-years-old.

“I left [the] Congo and then the news came to my family,” explained the star. “My dad took all the responsibility [of fathering Raine]. Finally, two years ago, he decides to tell me the truth.”

Ibaka was 17-years-old when he became a father. Although he has missed out on a few years of parenting because of his father’s desire to see him succeed, the NBA star is now taking every advantage to be a good father to Raine.

“I see her every time I come back in the summer,” shared the star in his documentary. “She’s speaking English already here. So I prepare everything for her to come visit, and [eventually] come live in Europe or in the States with me.”

You can watch Serge Ibaka’s full life story when the Son of the Congo airs on ESPN next month. Raine is 8-years-old.

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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