Chyna Thomas Isaiah Thomas

Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas led his team out of the tunnel today prior to the start of today's NBA playoffs game, despite the news that his half sister was killed in a tragic car accident on Saturday.

Chyna Thomas died at 5 a.m. Saturday in a single car crash on I-5 near Tacoma, Washington. She was just 22.

Thomas was driving her 1998 Toyota Camry "normally" when the car began to drift "very casually" off the highway and onto the shoulder.

2 witnesses say the car traveled nearly 50 feet partially on the shoulder when it hit a concrete barrier.

“That vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post,” State Patrol spokesman Trooper Nick King said.

King said Thomas was not wearing a seat belt and she may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

Isaiah was notified of his half sister’s death following the Celtics’ afternoon practice on Saturday, according to ESPN. He was speaking to a reporter when Celtics teammate Avery Bradley, a fellow Tacoma native, pulled him away from the interview and into a trainer’s room to tell him the sad news.

Thomas did not return to the interview.

Isaiah and Chyna shared the same father but different mothers. The half siblings were raised in separate households, which explains why he's playing today in game 1 against the Chicago Bulls in Boston.

“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the Celtics organization said in a statement on Saturday afternoon. “The thoughts & prayers of the entire organization are with Isaiah & his family.”

  • millz

    Sad news...

  • Shira Harding-James

    I can't Sandra!

  • reggie moore

    Question...What does the living arrangement have to do with the reason he is playing today? I don't get that. ..rip young lady...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Obviously they weren't that close.

  • Antoinette Garrett

    Pure ignorance

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Even if they were raised in the same household he may have played . People handle grief differently . 3 of my Godchildren have the same mother and father. Their dad has a total of 9 kids including one who was tragically killed in car accident along with his best friend . These kids did not grow up in the same household and some did not talk a lot even though they lived in the same state. When their brother died they were all devasted every single one of them . 2 years later they are still hurting and healing together . They are all young he was too. Under the age of 22. One is in college , most are in high school and junior high. These kids lost their older brother and it hurt whether they lived with him every day or not. They all shared a bloodline and a connection that was broken. We don't know how Isiah is feeling or grieving. I am praying for the family , estranged or not .

  • Valerie D. Henderson

    "Isaiah and Chyna shared the same father but different mothers. The half siblings were raised in separate households, which explains why he’s playing today in game 1 against the Chicago Bulls in Boston"
    Wow, that comment could have been left out..... I'll look for my gossip elsewhere......

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Once again we don't know how close they were . Someone obviously thought they were close enough that this news could affect him adversely if he found out without some level of care and compassion. His choice of playing doesn't equate to him caring , this could take his mind off of things and he could grieve privately . He could also go and support his dad and be a rock for him. Maybe he wasn't close but that doesn't mean there wasn't love or he was cold and callouss to play.

  • Kenyetta Taylor

    I AGREE!

  • Soon2BWife

    Ewww, the shade in this article. Not cool at all. ??

  • shun king

    "1998 Toyota Camry" smh

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You know If Boston loses, they're going to say he should have taken off this game to be with his family. I couldn't play in a basketball game if one of mine died tragically the day before.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Take care, hun.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I wouldn't have been able to play. However, denial is one of the first five stages of grief . Maybe that's where he is at .

  • DroneRivers

    You have no idea what the depth of their relationship was. That was a careless statement to make. I remember when Brett Favre played the very next day after his father died. And it ended up being one of the best games of his career. It was like it was cathartic and he took his emotions out on the Raiders. Everyone processes grief in their own way.

  • DroneRivers

    No, that is not obvious.

  • klwbaby

    A new low, even for u Sandra.

  • nekkkyj

    I read in an article she didn't have any pictures of him on her Facebook page were they even close

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They weren't close. Her brother is a millionaire, yet she's driving a car that rolled off the assembly line when she was 3 years old. Shame on him.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    We can see by her Facebook page that they weren't close.

  • JUDGEMENTAL

    MY exact same thought...

  • abby500

    Explains a lot.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I am not trying to over reach or be insensitive but she was driving a 1998 right? Sounds like she was either going to work or coming from work , and possibly paying her own way . Not relying on her dads money in other words or her brothers . Sounds like her life may be drastically different than theirs but who knows ? I'm sure more will come out soon enough .

  • abby500

    The living arrangement supports them perhaps not being close, which supports him playing because the person who died was not close to him. I mean it is what it is.....

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    It's not like he didn't grieve .... he cried openly and out this in his shoe. This bothered him. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/316eaaaf49b182cd8c9bde03d30f2beca3c9785
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  • Libralovejustice

    If thats what he chose to do to keep his sanity so be it. Cant judge him for it.

  • Libralovejustice

    Maybe she did somthing to him we dont know ..my name bennit i aint in it lol

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Poor baby prayers

  • Jussjess25

    She does it for the shock value.. dont pay her silly ass no mind?

  • Jussjess25

    ???

  • V Dubb

    It takes great courage...trust me. Blessings to him and his family.

  • mzzz. miami

    you are very ignorant to assume the things that you put in this article. Playing in the game and the year and make of car is not a factor. everyone deals with death differently. a-hole!!!!

  • Michelle

    I don't have any pics of my siblings on my page either but we're all close.

  • stav

    If she were driving a 2017 luxury vehicle would the result not been the same? Condolences to all the family and friends!

  • Dani B.

    WHAT does the fact that they were "raised in separate households" have to do with him playing in the game that day? PLEASE tell me, what relevance that has.

  • Dani B.

    How do WE know how "CLOSE" they were and what type of RELATIONSHIP they had. WHO on here knows either of them PERSONALLY? Do tell ME how anyone knows THEIR PERSONALLY BUSINESS, CONVERSATIONS, INTERACTIONS, ETC... Oh yeah "SOCIAL MEDIA" knows ALL. Silly me #tuh!

  • klwbaby

    If she was driving a brand new 2017 car, that would mean what? He's in the NBA, not her. And just because he's in the NBA doesn't mean he has a lot of money. And if he does make a lot of money, maybe he tried to get her car and she didn't want it. U said they weren't that close, did u see the video of him crying at the game. I'm sure u will try to spin and say someone told him it would be a good idea to cry on TV. U are a somewhat known personality, do your siblings have u on their Facebook?

  • klwbaby

    No relevance at all...

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Everyone deals with lose differently and has a different compass of acceptance of death. People stay judging.

  • Truth

    Same thing that caught my eye when I was reading.

  • OP2

    Exactly! Rather it was a 1998 or 2017 vehicle, the outcome would have been the same when not wearing a seatbelt while driving off the bridge and careening into a concrete pole. smh

    Some Black folks think that other people are suppose to go to work to provide for them and buy them overpriced materialistic crap. -a car is a car! The rest has to do with ego.

  • nekkkyj

    I'm not a person who sit and post pictures but if i had millions in my bank account i would make sure my family is living comfortable then again they were half siblings they probably didn't talk to each other

  • nekkkyj

    It hits u hard when u have a family member that u wish u were closer to and spend more time with and then they pass we don't know what his mind set was when he was crying the NBA is blowing up this story not him

  • OP2

    It is a fact & does in plays a part in terms of the level of emotional connection between siblings who were closer and raised in the same household vs knowing of a half-sibling that you eventually started visiting every blue moon or only knew of.

    Half-siblings who barely know of each other and rarely visited because they grew up in separate households via different mothers often results in having less of emotional connection where the pain is on a different level than it if the children were from the same mother and raised in the same household.

  • OP2

    There is a relevance.

  • OP2

    Thank you for that info. -people need to know that.

  • OP2

    She was living within her means. -where others are still ridin' the bus! A car is a car.

  • Tynamight

    Chyna Thomas died at 5 a.m. Saturday in a single car crash on I-5 near Tacoma, Washington. She was just 22.

  • Christopher Gibson

    FYI to Sandra or whomever is behind the keyboard that continuously spews unnecessary comments and all around bullsh*t, there's a special section in hell reserved just for you.

  • Dollface

    A friend of mine's died Sunday morning at 3am in a single car accident. I bet these two are close at the gates of heaven together heading into their next journey. Rest in peace to them both. I'm really pissed off with this death business.

  • Diva4lyfe

    RIP to the Thomas Family. It doesn't matter if you were half sister and brother. You never know if and when the father had them through visitation or whatever if he really pushed for them to be close. It was so sad to see him breakdown on camera before the game, I know it was hitting him hard at the end of the day it is still his sister. Yes she may have been in an old car but not having on a seat belt is dangerous, plus you never know she may have been in college and he could have told her once she graduates he will buy her whatever kind of car that she wants. God Bless the family during there loss.

  • Myopinion4u

    Half sister. I hate that. So if she is half his sister what's the other part to him???? So disrespectful.

  • Dani B.

    I have two siblings that I did NOT grow up in the same household with and we did NOT speak everyday, we did NOT spend holidays together, we did NOT see each other often , BUT those are still my SIBLINGS ,MY SIBLINGS , MY brother and MY sister no matter how some PEOPLE try to analyze,
    and critique the dynamics of MY family. The FACTS are that WE do not REALLY know the FACTS of the emotional connection THEY had, unless we hear it DIRECTLY FROM HIS MOUTH on their RELATionship, and as of yet I haven't. So in MY opinion I stand to reason that "I" do not understand what relevance this all plays in the tragic passing of HIS sister and how HE feels.

  • Quitedeliteful

    The half siblings were raised in separate households, which explains why he’s playing today in game 1 against the Chicago Bulls in Boston.
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    Tsk Tsk Tsk... She might have not been born of the same mother as he but it's obvious that he loved her very much...

  • shun king

    Not the same when your brother is a multi millionaire tho

  • reddfoxxy16

    Amen...

  • reddfoxxy16

    I have a "1997 Toyota Celica"...&? What's the point?

  • reddfoxxy16

    EXACTLY...I GUESS THE NEWER THE MODEL OF YOUR CAR IS, THE CHANCES, YOU'LL ESCAPE FATE, OR WHEN IT'S YOUR TIME 2 GO...SMH, SAD...

  • reddfoxxy16

    I'M CONFUSED....WHY DOES THAT MATTER AT ALL??? & WHAT COULD IT HAVE CHANGED, IF IT WAS HER TIME 2 GO? I GUESS IF SHE WAS PUSHIN A BENZ, BEAMER, OR BENTLEY, IT WOULD'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE HUH? SMH...

  • reddfoxxy16

    R.I.P.. MS. CHYNA THOMAS....;-(

  • JUDGEMENTAL

    Why cant someone have their own opinion about a matter without your crazy ass trying to get people to see things your way, get over yourself, nobody knows you, nor gives a fuk what you think!

  • Sircaput

    "Isaiah and Chyna shared the same father but different mothers. The half siblings were raised in separate households, which explains why he’s playing today in game 1 against the Chicago Bulls in Boston."
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    That statement was uncalled for, totally disrespectful to the family.

  • Sircaput

    What the heck is wrong with you and why are you so hateful, your words is the same as Steven Stephens going around killing innocent people. and what does him being a millionaire have anything to do with what type of car she driving, maybe she likes that type of car.

  • reddfoxxy16

    NO ONE GIVES A PHUCK WHAT U THINK EITHER, YET U TOOK TIME 2 POST ON THIS THREAD, & RESPOND 2 ME.....I SIMPLY ASKED YOUR SENSITIVE ARSE, WHAT DIFFERENCE DID IT MAKE AS 2 WHAT KIND OF CAR SHE WAS DRIVING (?); BUT YOU CAN'T SEEM 2 ANSWER THAT QUESTION "LOGICALLY," WHICH I KNEW U WOULDN'T BE ABLE 2 DO, "INTELLIGENTLY" ANYWAY...GOOD DAY JUDGEMENTAL...

  • JUDGEMENTAL

    You will drop dead first, biotch, I will make your funeral arrangements...crazy ass.

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    Sorry for your loss

  • reddfoxxy16

    UMMMM....OK...LOL.....I DON'T WHY U MAD...LOL....EVEN THO THIS IS INTERNET, IF I WERE U, I WOULD USE MY WORDS WISELY/CAREFULLY.... PREYING ON MY DEMISE, COULD/MAY INDEED BACKFIRE ON "U"...

  • Renee Lovelace

    she's an ignorant bitch. that is all.

  • JUDGEMENTAL

    Dont worry about it, crazy ass, your ignorant dumb ass cant even comprehend such things, be careful who youre fukking with, youre crazy can be trumped...lol

  • TOO REAL

    What does her being a half sibling have to do with him playing. I'm sure he did it for her. Half or Whole. THIS IS WHY I DON'T LIKE YOUR MOUTH SANDY. LET IT HAVE BEEN TRUMP AND YOU WOULD HAVE TAKEN A DIFFERENT APPROACH. YOU ARE A VERY DISRESPECTFUL UNINFOMRED WITCH.

  • reddfoxxy16

    OK....

  • pynkrose407

    Why state the fact that she was his "half sister", I bet they did not look at like that and you should not speculate that is why he is playing the game because they did not grow up together and you don't that...Have a heart family is family and pain is pain
    R.I.H Chyna Thomas

  • shun king

    Is your brother a multi millionaire?

  • reddfoxxy16

    I don't have a brother...

  • shun king

    Well she did and her brother is and he could have gave that girl a better more safe vehicle

  • Tewanna Havesgrove

    Sandy Mae you where given away at birth and from seeing your pics I see why.... so if you die I doubt your birth parents will be at your funeral because they wants no part of your ugly ass...and FYI I'm more close to my half siblings than I am my whole siblings do you even know if you have siblings

  • reddfoxxy16

    SMH....WHATEVER....

  • shun king

    Nice dreds

  • reddfoxxy16

    THANX...

  • shun king

    What state are you from if you don't mind

  • reddfoxxy16

    TN.. & U?

  • shun king

    Close.Decatur,Ga I go to tn to vist one of my nephews

  • reddfoxxy16

    Thaswassup.....I'm in lithonia ALOT...

  • shun king

    He had better parenting

  • OP2

    Her half-brother's earnings from his job has nothing to do with her. -for some reason some Black folks thinks that other people are suppose to go to work and not only provide for themselves and their own household, but somehow make them a dependent and provide for them too!

    -his $$$ and earnings is not hers. 'The Mentality' is unreal. smh

  • OP2

    Some half-siblings have spent time visiting each other and have built up a certain levels of emotions (bonding). For others, not so much as they have only found out about each other later on in life or refuse to meet because an affair that resulted in a pregnancy and ugly breakup was the cause of a divorce. -usually those half-siblings don't bother meeting nor bonding. They've only heard about each. A loss will not result in big emotions to where some will feel the need to press the pause button or put work, etc. on hold while they grieve.

    Half-siblings might less than 50% DNA. Understandably, their mothers' blood and maternal family's DNA will never pass on to your veins and vice versa. Therefore, they have blood relatives that will never be a part of your DNA and family and vice-versa.

    In comparison, others have only met their secret half-siblings for the first time as an older adult. In most of those cases, it is about being cordial and polite where visits are seldom. Therefore, little to no emotional bonding takes place which makes it easier to heal or get over a grieving process.

  • Dani B.

    I see that THIS subject is really Personal for you, as to the TIME you have taken to get "researched/ STATISTICS" that are gathered from people's OPINIONS and hold no comparison to How I FEEL and what I SAID about MY EXPERIENCE. I will NOT get into all of the personal particulars about my siblings half OR whole (like that really matters). The POINT is , is that this young lady, his SISTER has tragically lost her Life and He is GRIEVING however he sees fit. THAT my dear is NOT up for Discussion. I do NOT care about people's OPINIONS about how an individual should act in certain given situations based on their " RELATionship" to someone. ( I guess the next thing, you will try to tell me is that I shouldn't have cried uncontrollably and lost sleep over Mr.Godwin's( #RIP )untimely tragic death, and might I add that he is NO RELATION TO ME.) All I know is that it is immature for people to JUDGE and ACT as if they KNOW how he feels. If there is ANYONE who has spoken to him directly , PLEASE by All means feel free to have HIM share HIS thoughts. I don't want to hear or read ANYONE ELSE'S OPINION. Have a Blessed day!

  • OP2

    It's call expecting others to go to college and sweat blood and tears to work their way into a good paying job in order to provide for lowlives in the family who are lazy and hell-bent on expecting other folks to take care of them. -how did that work out for do-gooders like Hammer who went broke taking care leeches, moochers and users who scattered like roaches once they milked him dry.

    The Bible only speaks of charity and man providing for HIMself and his "own" HOUSEHOLD. -while teaching others how to fish (work and provide food) for themselves. Otherwise, they will keep coming back as if the person is their genie in a bottle, personal ATM or monthly welfare check because they have become mentally handicapped into being dependent and USING others to provide for them.

    -no one mind helping a family member willing to help themselves (go to a tech school, the military or get a STEM degree) to help get themselves out of the gutter. BUT, to lie, wallow or stay put speaks volume about that person. They are bent on being lazy moochers and users with the nerve of thinking others are suppose to go to work and provide for them. Ain't nobody got time for that mentality!! lol

  • shun king

    The way you talking Makes you part and responsible for what going on in the black community...some folks just don't have good sense and if you blessed to have more than avg you should extend a more than avg hand....I live in a city were guys will spend thousands on fun and clothes but nothing on they kids...they have the mind set of this my money and I do what I want my kids want something they can get up and make money like i did(same logic as you)....that's a narcissistic and selfish way to be and contribute to people getting killed in the streets... you should be ashamed for that kind of logic

  • OP2

    LOL. That is such BS. I am not responsible for dysfunctional Blacks who chose to behave like criminals or waste time going to devilish clubs; getting high; hooking up or boppin bodies mindlessly and irresponsibly only to push out unwanted babies or abort them...if not whinin' about catching some STD/HIV for bad behavior.

    -my goal is spend time and effort on that which bring about positive solutions: encouraging and plant seeds of knowledge and showing folks how to discipline themselves and think ahead in terms of college for a solid career in one of the various STEM degree programs or job training a tech school or military for MRI/Sonogram, automotive tech to own one's own company, etc.

    Wise family members who worked hard to get to where the are can see that if not even the govt. handing out foodstamps, welfare checks and housing month-after-month and generation-after-generation can have helped a number of folks get ahead and out of their situation, then there hard earned fund$ every now and then will only help the person out for the moment and they are back begging again. smh

    Why? Because smart individuals know that it is not just about money (as fools who gain it often lose it) or figure out how to be stay dependent or hooked on HELP. The truth is a number of folks in Black community are deliberately distracted from learning that it is about the power and drive of the mind that that he helps 'individuals' excel, succeed and overcome the odds.