It has been a tough two weeks for Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
On Wednesday, Jackson’s agent John Thornton revealed to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot that Jackson has been weathering back-to-back family tragedies. His brother died unexpectedly two weeks ago and his mother, Betty Lee, passed on Sunday after a long illness.
Thornton said, “It’s been really tough on him. He’s just trying to let football help him out.” Jackson himself hasn’t publicly addressed his personal life; Thornton, per Cabot, said that Jackson “wanted the focus to be on the team at the start of camp,” though, understandably, “to have two tragedies like this back-to-back has been really difficult.”
Being the head coach of the team featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” has also taken a toll on Jackson. “At any given time he’s got two cameras in his office. He’s doing the best he can not to let his emotions get the best of him. He knows he has to be there for the team.”
“Losing two important people in his life in the span of two weeks has really hit him hard,” added Thornton.
All of us at Dawgs By Nature send our condolences, love and support to Jackson and his family at what is such a difficult time.