This may be the worst story affiliated with overseas trips this summer.
DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett returned home after the team's nine-day "goodwill" trip to France on Sunday only to discover that his house was cleared out. How devastating. You know how it is after a long trip/vacation. It's almost always such a great, memorable time, but those hours and minutes before you get home can be excruciating. You just can't wait to walk in through the front door, take a gander and say, "Finally. Home."
The most stressful part of Garrett's trip came the minute it ended. The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the story:
“They took everything,” Garrett said. “They cleaned us out. Things that can’t be replaced, this really took some time.”
Garrett, his wife, Annissa and son Billy Jr., who accompanied him on the Demons’ 4-0 trip, were all devastated. An emotional Garrett was extremely distraught when talking about some of the items that were taken.
“My father [William] was the first black that played basketball in the Big 10’” he said. “They took that jersey and his Globetrotter jersey. They also took my son’s city championship ring and oxygen tank.”
The oxygen tank is critical because Billy Jr. suffers from a sickle cell disease. It's about as worst-case scenario sans any bodily injuries as you can get. Seriously, who raids homes anymore? I thought we'd largely moved past this as a society.
The good news is no one in Garrett's family was hurt because of the crime. The bad: it's safe to assume the criminal(s) involved here knew Garrett's family would be away and took advantage once he was across the Atlantic.Photo via DePaul athletics