Colorado has been on a high since the Nuggets won the NBA Championship. For one fan, a happy day at the championship parade turned sour.
@mrscoronel Not how I wanted my sons Denver Nuggets parade experience to end. 🥺💔@nuggets @denver_nuggets_ @nuggetsnationcp We’re just glad he wasn’t physically hurt! Please help up recoup his jersey! #denvernuggets #jamalmurray #denvercolorado #nuggetsparade #downtowndenver #nuggetsbasketball #nuggetsfans #denverpolice @#kidsoftiktok #sadstory @tiktok ♬ Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O’Hara) – Daniel Pemberton
Mary Coronel’s 8-year-old son was among the many kids getting an autograph jersey from the champions.
“The police were allowing, just the kids, to get autographs and throw stuff up and whatnot,” said Mary Coronel to Denver 7.
However, someone took it after her son got his jersey signed by Jamal Murray. It happened quickly; Coronel remembers her son handing over the jersey with the marker in hand and someone coming from behind and “swooping it up.”
“It was a Jokic jersey,” Coronel said. “Super unique, like if somebody has it or anybody sees it – it’s not like brand new, it has wear and tear.”
Coronel posted a video to TikTok (that now has over 100k views) of the events. In the comments lies plenty of support from those in and outside of Colorado. However, the support from local shop owner Zack Loffert of Rodz and Bodz Movie Car Museum in Golden proves there are still good people out there.
“I saw it come up, saw this kid at the parade, he threw up his jersey, and Jamal signed it and threw it back,” said Loffert to Denver 7. “And somebody snagged it and took off, and I was like – that’s not right. I’d be crying as an adult.”
Loffert gave the boy a hat, hoodie, and a signed jersey by Jamal that’s set to be here on Wednesday.
“It’s just awesome to see people step forward,” Coronel said. “Just a lot of positivity and love.”