Athletes’ friends and families affected by tragedy in Boston

Published On April 18, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

In addition to many ordinary citizens of Boston being injured or affected by the bombings at the Boston marathon, many prominent athletes and team owners have been affected as well. Here are just a few of the stories going around the Boston media.

Matt Reis

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis’ father-in-law was one of those injured in the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Reis and his father-in-law were standing with a group of family and friends near the finish line as they watched his wife run in the Boston Marathon. The first bomb went off with Reis’ father-in-law about 10 feet from the blast.

He’s still in critical condition,” said Reis on Wednesday. “He was alert [Wednesday] morning, but he’s been through three surgeries now in the last 40 hours or so. We just want John to get better and to turn the corner and show some strides of recovery. We’re still not sure if he’s out of the woods yet, and we still don’t know if he’s going to make it”

Reis has taken some time off from soccer to be with his family, but he did stop by the training facility Wednesday to thank his teammates for their support.

Chris Tierney

Reis’s teammate, defender Chris Tierney, was also affected by the tragedy in Boston. His girlfriend was among those injured, although luckily, according to a spokeswoman for the Revolution, she was in stable condition as of Tuesday and is expected to be okay.

Wyc Grousbeck

Managing partner of the Boston Celtics Wyc Grousbeck reported that select members of the Celtics’ ownership group and their families were injured in the bombing. Grousbeck has refused to name those injured, but has reached out for support.

“Several members of our extended ownership group were injured (Monday),” Grousbeck said. “We are hopeful everyone will recover and the injuries are not seen as life threatening. But one family member was injured seriously. Our thoughts are with her and all of the other victims of this cruel attack.”

Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to everyone listed here and anyone else affected by the attack on Monday.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.