During an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports” Craig Sager revealed that the acute myeloid leukemia he has battled for the last two years is no longer in remission. The broadcaster said he was now entering “uncharted waters” in his battle with leukemia.
Sager has underwent several months of treatment including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant donated by his son, Craig II.
“I’ve already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third,” Sager told HBO. “So I have to maintain my strength, so I can go through this.”
Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated had obtained a transcript on Tuesday prior to the interview airing in which Sager says doctors told him he likely has three to six months to live:
In Real Sports profile, Craig Sager says he's "fighting to the end" after doctors gave him "3-6 months" diagnosis pic.twitter.com/J725uNfbF9
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 22, 2016
But on Wednesday Turner Sports issued a statement on Craig Sager’s behalf clarifying the three-to-six-month timetable:
“I’m grateful to HBO for telling my story and I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. I have acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer. The typical prognosis is 3-6 months to live, but I would like to stress that is for a patient who is not receiving treatment. Fortunately, I am receiving the best treatment in the world and I remain fully confident I will win this battle.
“Again, I would like to thank everyone for your generosity and encouragement. I sincerely appreciate it and it means so much to me and my family. I look forward to continuing my work on the sidelines for Turner Sports.”
A Turner Sports spokesperson confirmed that Sager will maintain his presence on “NBA on TNT.” He is currently scheduled to work both the NCAA tournament as well as a few more NBA matchups prior to the end of the season.