October 25, 2015
NBA rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, raised some eyebrows earlier this year when he spoke about how the astronomical cost of rent in New York City is too steep even by the standards of professional athletes (his salary is $1.3 million).
But the Brooklyn Nets forward, chosen with the 23rd pick in the 2015 Draft, clearly has his priorities straight when it comes to spending the money he does earn.
Joined by his brother Rahlir, Hollis-Jefferson recently surprised his mother with a very special birthday surprise: a brand new home.
Hollis-Jefferson explained the experience in his rookie diary at The New York Post:
We were searching for the house for a while. My brother, the realtor, my uncle and a couple others were looking at houses and telling me about it, and I thought this one was the perfect fit.
When I told the woman who owned the house why we were buying it, she cried. Being a mom, she understood what it meant more than us guys do. It was an emotional moment, and then she said, “We can make this happen.” They even bought my mom a cake!
Watch the inspiring video below.