Coach hits back at reporter: 'When you have kids you'll understand'

Lima has welcomed the birth of his first child. Photo: Getty Images
Lima has welcomed the birth of his first child. Photo: Getty Images

THE issue of players missing games to attend the birth of their children seems to raise its head every footy season.

It was Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury's turn in 2017, but he's hardly the first - and he won't be the last.

From now on, any player questioned over their decision can simply quote Lithuanian basketball coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.

Jasikevicius, who long-time Boomers fans will remember as one of the members of the Lithuanian national team that defeated Australia in the bronze medal game at the Sydney Olympics, was stunned but firm when questioned by a "youngster" reporter about the issue over the weekend.

The coach of Zalgiris defended his centre, Augusto Lima, after Lima missed a playoff game for the birth of his daughter.

Zalgiris won the semi-final game, but an inquisitive reporter, who is not a father, wanted to know how Jasikevicius felt about Lima being absent from the team.



Here's the exchange, which quickly made its way around the internet:

Reporter: Coach, what do you think about Augusto Lima going away in the midst of a series to attend the birth of his child?

Jasikevicius: What do I think about it? I allowed him to go.

Reporter: But is it normal for a player to leave the team during the semi-finals?

Jasikevicius: Do you have kids? When you have kids, youngster, you'll understand. Because that's the height of a human experience. Wow, that's a good question, really. Do you think basketball is the most important thing in life?

Reporter: No, but a semi-final is important.

Jasikevicius: To whom is it important?

Reporter: The team.

Jasikevicius: Which one?

Reporter: Zalgiris.

Jasikevicius: Did you see the number of fans at the game? Important? When you see your first child, you will understand what the most important thing in life is. Because nothing can be more majestic in the world than the birth of a child. Not titles, not anything else. Augusto Lima is now in heaven emotionally. I'm really happy for him.

As for Lima, he posted on Instagram on Sunday welcoming his daughter, Alba, to the world.

"It is undoubtedly the best gift of my life," Lima wrote in Spanish.

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