SOUTH FLORIDA — James White was made inactive for New England’s Week 2 contest against the Seattle Seahawks after learning that both of his parents were involved in a serious car crash on Sunday. White’s father, Tyrone, died in the crash, according to the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Tyrone White was a captain with the department.
I’m extremely saddened after learning of the passing of MDPD Captain Tyrone White earlier today as a result of an off-duty traffic crash in Broward County. I offered his family my deepest condolences on behalf of his MDPD family. May he rest in eternal peace. 1/2....— Alfredo "Freddy" Ramirez III (@MDPD_Director) September 20, 2020
The Patriots RB took to social media on Tuesday to memorialize his father in an Instagram post that was also in celebration of his son Xzavier’s first birthday.
“I hope I can be as good of a father to you as my father was to my brother and I!” White wrote in the post. “I still can’t quite process everything that’s going on right now but when I look at you, you give me life! May you Rest In Peace Dad, we miss you much already. ❤️”
White’s mother remains in critical condition. The news was initially broken by Andy Slater of FOX Sports 640 South Florida.
Sad news to report. Patriots' RB James White's father was in a car crash today and did not survive. His mother was also in the car and is in critical condition.— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) September 20, 2020
White's father, Tyrone, was a captain with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
James was told and is inactive tonight.
White was among six Patriots inactives for Sunday night’s matchup in Seattle. New England fell, 35-30, to the Seahawks after a goal-line stand by Seattle on the final play of the game kept the Patriots from recording the go-ahead score.
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S Devin McCourty shouted out a message of support to White from the Patriots after the team’s first touchdown against Seattle on Sunday, a 43-yard interception return by McCourty.
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During yesterday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, Devin McCourty showed love to teammate James White. White did not play in the game after learning his father tragically died in a car accident in Florida. His mother remains in critical condition. Our hearts are with James White and his family during this tough time. ❤️Click the link in our bio for more info. #boston25
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