6:59 PM PT – Grant Wallwife Celinejust released a statement regarding his death… saying, “I am so grateful for the support of my @GrantWahl football husband’s family and the many friends who reached out tonight.”
His brother, Grant Wahl, a journalist for CBS Sports and one of the most respected soccer reporters in the country, announced that he died while covering the World Cup. He was 48 years old.
Grant was in Qatar when he died…and Eric Wall He believes foul play was involved, as he claims the reporter was receiving death threats for wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
Eric says Grant never had any health issues… explaining in a heartbreaking Instagram video, “I don’t think my brother just died. I think he was murdered.”
As we reported earlier, Wahl They are held for approximately 30 minutes After the safety of the World Cup on November 21… after he showed up at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar for the United States’ first game of the tournament against Wales.
To show his support for the LGBTQ+ community in a country where homosexuality is illegal, he wore a T-shirt with a soccer ball and a rainbow pattern.
At the time, Eric praised his brother and denounced football’s governing body… saying, “Shame on FIFA for losing control of a rotten World Cup.”
Grant was live-tweeting the Argentina-Netherlands game just hours ago… with his last post at 1:05 PST.
Eric says he spoke with Grant’s wife, Celinewho said he collapsed on the field and was given CPR before being taken to hospital, where he died.
Eric added that Celine spoke to Ron Klein president Joe BidenWhite House chief of staff as well as the White House.
US Soccer released a statement regarding Wahl’s death… saying, “The entire American Soccer family is saddened to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl.”
“Here in the United States, Grant’s passion for football and commitment to raising its profile across the sporting landscape have played a major role in helping to generate interest and respect for our beautiful game.”
“Equally important, Grant’s belief in the power of the game to advance human rights has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all.”
Originally Posted – 6:35pm PT