A young daughter of Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Shaquil Barrett drowned in the family pool on Sunday morning, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. At the age of just 2, Arrayah Barrett was already walking.
Approximately 9:30 a.m., police officers responded to Barrett’s home in Tampa after a report that a child had fallen into a pool. An ambulance transported the child to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that day. According to the Tampa Police Department, this tragedy appears to have been an accident, although an investigation is currently underway.
An official statement was released Sunday afternoon by the Buccaneers, sending their thoughts and prayers to Barrett’s family.
Shaq, Jordanna, and the entire Barrett family are in our thoughts and prayers during this unimaginably difficult time as we deal with today’s tragic news.
We offer our support and love to the family at this very difficult time as they begin to cope with the very profound loss of their beloved Arrayah.
In the Shaquil Barrett family, Arrayah Barrett was the youngest of four children.
Barrett joined the Denver Broncos in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. Prior to the 2019 season, he agreed to a one-year contract with the Buccaneers, and he had a career year with a league-high 19.5 sacks. The 30-year-old has played in the Pro Bowl twice and won the Super Bowl twice.