Shaq Thompson, a mother's legacy and the envelope he can't bring himself to open

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Somewhere in a Sacramento, Calif., home, inside a box tucked away in the back of a closet, rests a manila envelope that Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson can’t bring himself to open. It has been a little more than a year since his mother passed, a little less since that envelope arrived, and Thompson and his three brothers don’t want to read her autopsy. “Nah, we’re going to wait ’til everybody’s ready,” Thompson said. Patrice Thompson, Thompson’s mother, died in her sleep Oct. 14, 2019. She was 57. Her death was unexpected. She made breakfast that morning. She watch…

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