NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was in the Brussels Airport at the time of today’s coordinated attacks, bombings that have killed dozens and injured well into the hundreds.
Soon after the blasts Mutombo went onto his Facebook page to assure followers and friends that he was safe:
God is good. I am in Brussels Airport with this craziness. I am fine.
Thank you everyone. I am safe here. God is good.
Later on Tuesday, Mutombo spoke with CNN (via Mediaite):
He told Brooke Baldwin he was napping and woke up to hear people screaming “and everyone started running.” One woman was shouting, “We have to go, a lot of people are bleeding downstairs, and a lot of people are hurt.”
At this point in his life, Mutombo is known as much for his humanitarian work and his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation as he is his 18-years in the NBA, eight All-Star appearances and four Defensive Player of the Year awards.
His last week has been somewhat typical of his current day to day operations.
On Thursday Mutombo was in Atlanta for a UNICEF event:
On Monday, Dikembe was back home in the Congo to speak at the Saving Lives Through the Prevention and Treatment of Cervical Cancer Conference, via his Foundation’s Facebook page.
Here is a statement from the Foundation:
Today we bow our heads in remembrance for those who lost their lives in Brussels. And we give thanks for all of the first responders offering support, strength, and solidarity to everyone impacted by these horrible tragedies. To those who are asking for an update - Dikembe was at the Brussels airport when the bombing happened this morning, and was thankfully unharmed. Local authorities are working to move everyone to safe locations while the City navigates through this act of terror. Please join us in keeping Brussels in your thoughts and prayers.
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