Jaclyn Sabol Patton, a New Jersey Nets dancer who rose to become the host of “Jac of all Nets,” the team’s first video programming and NBA nation, died Tuesday night. Her husband, Todd Patton, announced the news on her Facebook account.
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this...last night at 7:30pm the world lost one of its most amazing and beautiful people that it ever knew - my wife, best friend and absolute love of my life, Jaclyn Sabol Patton. Rest peacefully baby, until I see you again one day...
Words can't express how I feel right now so I won't even try right now. I will post arrangement info once I have it later this week. Thank you all for all your support and love over these last months. Jac is smiling down on all of us right now and with her mother for the first time in ten years in time for Mother's Day.
Sabol Patton had battled cancer for nearly a decade while pursuing a career in media. As a bio of her notes...
She started out as a dancer with the Broadway national tour of “Contact.” She then joined the dance team for the NBA’s New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets. She quickly moved up the ladder and was a host of her own show, Jac of All Nets for the Nets website, and began hosting NBA Nation in the US. Soon she was traveling overseas to host events/perform interviews for the NBA in Asia!
On one of those trips to China, Sabol Patton experienced severe headaches, nausea, and vomiting and soon after was diagnosed with brain cancer.
As she battled the disease herself, she also became a public advocate for others. In an interview with the website, masskickers.org, she described what the well can do to comfort the sick...
“The best advice I can give is to just HELP – don’t say ‘let me know if you need something’ because they never will. Just pitch in – a ride to the doctor, a home cooked meal, a movie night so they aren’t alone – whatever you can do to make their life a little more bearable. AND DON’T TELL ME I HAVE THE RIGHT SHAPED HEAD TO PULL OFF BEING BALD. That’s just bullshit. And you know it.”
Sabol married Todd Patton last October.
We at NetsDaily offer our condolences to her family and friends. She was a Nets personality and pioneer as well as a great human being. Bless her memory.
- FAREWELL TO OUR FRIEND, JACLYN SABOL PATTON - Brooklyn Nets