San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray brought his little brother to tears with a memorable gift to celebrate his high school graduation.
Murray posted a Twitter video on Sunday of his brother Nate’s reaction to receiving a purple Dodge Challenger. Nate covered his mouth in emotion, and then the two embraced for a long hug to take in the moment.
Murray, proud of his brother for graduating with honors, wrote: “THANK YOU GOD For Putting Me In This Position. I’m Lost For Words But More Importantly I’m A Proud Big Brother. This What Making Honor Roll With A GPA 3.8 And Being The Most Respectful Young Man Get You!! I Love You Baby Brother!! This Is Only The Beginning!!”
The muscle car held more meaning because of the brothers’ bond this past year. In a longer message on Instagram, Murray wrote that his brother was struggling back home in Seattle, so he moved to San Antonio to attend Brandeis High School so Dejounte could take on more of a father figure role.
On Instagram, Murray wrote: “To My Younger Brother Nate, I Love You And I’m So Thankful For You. 10 Months Ago When You Cried And Asked To Move With Me Because You Was Depressed And Scared For Your Life And The Fact That You Didn’t Have A Male Figure There 24/7 Teaching You Right From Wrong I Had No Choice To Take You In And Become Your Guardian. One Thing I Made Clear When You Came Was That I Ain’t Your Mother Or Father But I’m Going To Be The Best Big Brother And Teach You Right From Wrong And Help You Grow As A Young Man. I Am In Tears Writing This Because All You Ever Wanted Was A Opportunity To Be The Best Young Man You Can Be And Since The Day You Moved With Me You Been The Most Respectful Person I Ever Met.”
Nate returned the sentiment on Instagram, saying in part: “All my life I wanted to be just like you.”
Dejounte Murray, 22, was selected 29th overall in the 2016 NBA draft by the Spurs and had been a key player in his first two seasons before suffering a season-ending ACL tear last fall. He played one season at the University of Washington.