Jordanna, the wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, has broken the family’s silence regarding the death of their 2-year-old daughter Arrayah after she drowned in their swimming pool.
The tragic incident occurred on Sunday when police were called to Barrett’s home. They did everything they could to help Arrayah, but she did not survive.
While Shaquil has not commented on the matter after receiving an outpouring of love and condolences from the NFL community and beyond, Jordanna released an emotional statement on social media.
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«Thank you all for all the messages, flowers, thoughts and prayers,» she captioned the Instagram post with a photo of Arrayah. «Our world will never be the same again. Arrayah was the apple of my eye, and my heart will always go out to hers. I love you so much, my baby. I’m so sorry. Until we meet again, please take care of your brothers and mom and dad we love you forever and ever and ever.
«I can’t wait to see that beautiful smile again and hold you so tight. I would do absolutely anything. There is no Barrett 6 without you, and we will always keep your place here, until we meet again in heaven. I love you forever and forever».
The Instagram post also had a link to Arrayah’s obituary. Arrayah was the youngest of Barrett’s four children.
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The NFL community showed love and support for the Barrett family, including Shaq’s former Bucs teammate Tom Brady.
«The Bradys love you,» she wrote on Instagram with a photo of the Barrett family and three prayer emoji.
The Bucs also issued a statement.
“Today’s tragic news is heartbreaking for all members of the Buccaneers family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shaq, Jordanna and the entire Barrett family during this unimaginably difficult time,» the team said.
«While there are no words that can bring true comfort at a time like this, we offer our support and love as they begin to process this profound loss of their beloved Arrayah.»
Barrett is a two-time Super Bowl champion, winning the most recent with the Bucs in 2021. He missed more than half of last season after tearing his Achilles tendon.
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The Barretts have been married since February 2012.
Fox News’ Ryan Gayos contributed to this report.