The two-time NBA MVP grew up with Tottenham in his blood. Now he is aiming to bring soccer to a more mainstream audience in the US
Steve Nash is too old to be crying over soccer on national television. But there he was, a 45-year-old father of four, an NBA hall of famer and part-owner of Spanish club Real Mallorca and the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS, shedding tears on the set of TNT’s Champions League coverage in the aftermath of his beloved Tottenham’s semi-final victory over Ajax.
The clip was viral before Nash, who is a pundit on the show, had time to dry his eyes. Looking back, he is embarrassed. But only a little. “I’m not a sentimental person normally, which was why it was so shocking. I had no idea I’d feel that way,” he says. “The more I thought about it, the more I realised it wasn’t just about me in that particular moment, it was about my dad, my grandad, my brother.”