Daniel “Booby” Gibson is proud to give his son, Daniel Gibson Jr., something he never had: an involved father. The Cleveland ‘Cavaliers’ player recently took to his blog to talk about his experience as a child without a proactive dad and his goal of actively contributing to Daniel Jr.’s upbringing.
“I definitely didn’t have much of a relationship with my dad growing up,” wrote Gibson. “There are times I ended up making some bad decisions because I needed him to be there. Looking back, I realize I was fortunate that I didn’t mess up my opportunities, and don’t know what I would’ve done without the strong women in my life. They saw that some of my bad decisions were coming from a place of anger and resentment. One of the most important lessons they taught me though was learning to forgive and that holding on to negativity only holds you back.”
Although he and his dad are now on good terms, Daniel Sr. aims to differ from his father in being a role model for his son throughout his life. “One thing DJ’s already taught me is that kids will usually do as you do and not as you say. I try to live and act in a way that I want my son and other kids who might look up to me to act and be,” said the athlete.
Daniel Gibson married singer Keyshia Cole in 2011. Daniel Jr. is their first child together.