Reggie Bullock, forward for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, talked about the lessons he learned from his transgender sister, Mia Henderson. She was murdered in Baltimore in 2014.
Last week, Bullock was a guest on the Fox Sports show The Herd. Guest host Nick Wright tentatively asked how he responded when Henderson told him she was transitioning.
‘He lived as himself, he taught me how to be [myself], he taught me how to take care of the family,’ Bullock said. ‘Just be yourself. He was happy with being who he was, he wasn’t worried about how others felt about him. A person that can isolate the whole world out and not care about other people’s feelings is a strong person, to me. I think that was one of the biggest things that I got from him.’
Bullock admitted because of her, he’s stayed away from certain jokes used in the locker room.
‘I had a brother, a person who was close to me who was that way, so never will I laugh…He was just strong. That was pretty much the thing I got from him. He left with me that.’
When Bullock learned about Henderson’s murder, he was playing for the Los Angles Clippers. A Baltimore district attorney texted him to return the phone call. The attack against Henderson was so brutal, she could not be initially identified. According to the Baltimore Sun, suspect Shawn Oliver stabbed her in the chest, arms, and back.
DNA from under her fingertips was used to identify Oliver. Approximately a year ago, he was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and first-degree assault.
After the show, Bullock posted the following on Twitter:
Stand up for #MiaHenderson I respect it ALL! Be yourself and be happy with just THAT!
— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) August 27, 2016
Below is the full interview. The conversation about his sister begins at about the 7:40.