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Antonio Gates practices a day after his sister died of lupus


Chargers tight end Antonio Gates missed much of the team’s offseason program while dealing with a family situation that unfortunately had a sad ending.

Gates’ sister Pamela died at the age of 22 on Wednesday after a long battle with lupus. Gates also flew home after games last season to spend time with his sister, but was with the Chargers at practice on Thursday. Gates explained that he enjoyed being back on the field with his teammates while dealing with what he called the toughest thing he’s faced in his life.

“It puts me at ease, with all the things I’ve had to deal with from my family’s standpoint and a personal standpoint,” Gates said, via “This is where I’m comfortable at — competing and doing the things I’m accustomed to doing playing football. And it takes a lot off of your mind.”

Everyone at PFT wishes Gates and his family well while dealing with Pamela’s loss.

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30 Responses to “Antonio Gates practices a day after his sister died of lupus”
  1. Stiller43 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    Whatever can help bring him comfort in a tough time like this, glad he’s doing it. That would truly suck!

  2. trefkennedy says: Jul 24, 2014 5:32 PM


  3. thepftpoet says: Jul 24, 2014 5:35 PM


    Condolences to the Gates family from Vikings nation.

    This goes above football.

  4. kehav1 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:39 PM

    Great athlete. Great Guy.

    Condolences from a eagles fan.

  5. bassplucker says: Jul 24, 2014 5:41 PM

    Lupus is a horrific disease, and 22 is far too young to go. Each person has their own way of dealing with the death of somebody close, and this may very well be the best form of therapy for Antonio. He’s been a great player for a long time and I wish him all the best in this.

  6. adam710 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:41 PM

    Lots of respect. This dude is tough as nails. Praying he and his family can get through this hard time.

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 24, 2014 5:46 PM

    Condolences Antonio. So sorry to hear of this. From one Golden Flash to another. Glad you are getting comfort on the field.

  8. scw1993 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:47 PM

    R.I.P. Pamela

    …condolences to Antonio, and the Gates family.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 24, 2014 5:49 PM

    22? That’s just awful. Condolences all around.

  10. chargersdiehard says: Jul 24, 2014 5:58 PM

    We got your back 85.

  11. mikekowa says: Jul 24, 2014 6:16 PM

    Good man.

  12. zam0854 says: Jul 24, 2014 6:25 PM

    We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

    Nothing but love for Gates!

  13. braxton29 says: Jul 24, 2014 6:26 PM

    Sympathies to Gates and his family. Stay strong dude.

  14. dac458 says: Jul 24, 2014 6:35 PM

    Condolences to the Gates family and may his sister be at peace.

    God Bless from Patriots nation.

  15. mj916goskins says: Jul 24, 2014 6:39 PM

    I lost my 19 yr old daughter to Lupus in 2012.

  16. raiderapologist says: Jul 24, 2014 6:44 PM

    Condolences to the Gates family.

  17. largent80100 says: Jul 24, 2014 6:57 PM

    That’s just sad.

    My condolences.

  18. rocoop says: Jul 24, 2014 7:13 PM


  19. sheldonburke says: Jul 24, 2014 7:14 PM

    Classy guy, being a Chiefs fan I know a thing or two about a tight end and Gates is definitely one of the all time best. I’m sorry for your loss Mr Gates. I wish you and your family the best.

  20. sheldonburke says: Jul 24, 2014 7:18 PM

    God bless the Gates family from the Cheifs Kingdom.

  21. catquick says: Jul 24, 2014 8:31 PM

    GOD filling up HIS kingdom.

  22. richiethegreek says: Jul 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    Condolences from a human being. RIP.

  23. garlandchapko says: Jul 24, 2014 8:49 PM

    One of the good guys in the NFL.

    Condolences to the Gates family from Lions nation.

  24. denverwally says: Jul 24, 2014 9:38 PM

    22 is far too young to be taken. Condolences to Antonio and his family from Patriots nation.

  25. vegasdogg says: Jul 24, 2014 9:43 PM

    Condolences Mr Gates.

    Much respect.

  26. jayovalentine says: Jul 24, 2014 10:19 PM

    Who would vote thumbs down on some of these comments ?? Wow those are some serious sad souls. #Haters

  27. cags777 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:55 PM

    Very sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers for the Gates family.

  28. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 25, 2014 6:53 AM

    Sorry to hear that.

    Sad situation

  29. cmcgee14 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:59 AM

    My deepest condolences to the gates family. Rest easy your baby sister is in the arms of the Lord.

  30. lscratchingthesurface says: Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM

    I wouldn’t wish this for any reason in the world. Antonio: you did the right thing in spending time w/your sister. Stay strong and God Bless from a Chiefs fan.

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