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Ainge takes in nephew after rehab

3/29/2011

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini writes on Jets quarterback Erik Ainge's ongoing battle with drug addiction and mental illness and how his uncle, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, took him into his home after rehab:

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Danny Ainge took nephew, Erik, into his home after the QB's drug rehab in the Boston area.My family has been great. When I went back to rehab, some of them were like, "Here we go again." But they never gave up on me. My uncle Danny took me in from the halfway house to live with his family until I decide on what to do from here, which has been huge. He's someone I look up to. When I was a kid, he and Dan Majerle [former Phoenix Suns teammates] used to wear rubber bands on their wrist. They used to give them to me when they couldn't wear them anymore.

At 24, I still wear those rubber bands on my wrist. My uncle has been a pretty big influence on me, especially from a spiritual standpoint. He's the bishop at the Mormon Church in Wellesley, Mass. I see what kind of man he is, and that's what I want to be someday. Danny Ainge will always be a positive name, but I can make Erik Ainge a positive name again if I make the right decisions from here on out.

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