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Craig Sager clarifies grim prognosis for battle with cancer

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager acknowledges the

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in an NBA game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago on March 5, 2015. Credit: AP / David Banks

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager issued a statement through Turner Sports on Wednesday in which he sought to clarify a “Real Sports” profile on him on HBO Tuesday night that appeared to give a grim prognosis for his ongoing battle with leukemia.

Sager said, “I’m grateful to HBO for telling my story and I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. I have acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer. The typical prognosis is 3-6 months to live, but I would like to stress that is for a patient who is not receiving treatment. Fortunately, I am receiving the best treatment in the world and I remain fully confident I will win this battle.

“Again, I would like to thank everyone for your generosity and encouragement. I sincerely appreciate it and it means so much to me and my family. I look forward to continuing my work on the sidelines for Turner Sports.”

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