Kawhi Leonard has been making headlines over the past couple of weeks. Everyone's trying to figure out what his plan is at the end of the season - is Kawhi Leonard going to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors, or does he have his heart set on playing elsewhere? Now, it seems that he may be in the news for an entirely different reason.
Leonard didn’t take to the court for Saturday's game when the Raptors dusted the Chicago Bulls. Leonard has sat out of his fair share of games recently with “load management”, keeping him healthy and ready for the playoffs. This time, his absence from the game was said to be for “personal reasons” - which certainly raised some eyebrows and had Raptors fans more than curious.
Multiple sources say that over the weekend, Kawhi Leonard and his girlfriend Kishele Shipley were seen at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, where they reportedly welcomed their second child, a baby boy, into the world. For those of you wondering, this would mean that Leonard’s alleged newborn son is a Canadian citizen, as those born in Canada are automatically granted the opportunity for citizenship, according to the Government of Canada. The prospect has many Raptors fans overjoyed.
Raptors fans are now convinced that Leonard's Canadian-born baby will give him a new reason to re-sign with the organization and keep him in Toronto for the next few years. Hundreds of fans have taken to social media to express their excitement. "His son is Canadian.... Yes!!! Love it. Can you say contract extension?" says one fan. "That child just blessed our entire country by being born here," says another.
Just read @kawhileonard’s wife gave birth to their new son yesterday in Canada. Hence the reason for his absence in yesterday’s game. Future #teamcanada member? 😄 Any truth to this story @michaelgrange @LeoRautins @Eric__Smith?— Shay (@shay8815) April 1, 2019
KAWHI LEONARD’S SON IS CANADIAN— Marina Ho (@Marinaho) March 31, 2019
Kawhi Leonard’s Wife Allegedly Gave Birth To Their 2nd Child Yesterday At Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto! 👶🏽6️⃣🐝 pic.twitter.com/oWYZsertJi— 6ixBuzzTV (@6ixbuzztv) March 31, 2019
As of right now, no confirmation of the exciting news has been made by Kawhi Leonard or his partner, Kishele Shipley. The news itself has not been confirmed by a verified source, but Raptors fans are in full “believe” mode. We hope we get to congratulate Leonard when he returns to the court!