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Basketball Player Opens Up About Murder of His Transgender Sister

Reggie Bullock
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Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock said his sister, Mia Henderson, who was killed in 2014, taught him how “to be myself.”

In an interview with radio show "The Herd," the NBA's Reggie Bullock talked in detail about the legacy of his transgender sister, who was beaten to death two years ago.

The 25-year-old Detroit Pistons forward described Mia, who was assigned male at birth and named Kevin Long, as a strong, unapologetic older sibling.

"It wasn't so tough because, like I said, he just lived as himself," Bullock said. "Just be yourself, and he was happy with being who he was. He wasn't worried about how others felt about him."

Bullock acknowledged he learned strength from his sister's transition.

"A person that can isolate the whole world out and not care about other people's feelings is a strong person to me," he said, "so I think that was one of the biggest things I got from him."

Henderson died in 2014 from an assault in Baltimore--she was beaten so badly that police could not identify the body, Bullock said.

When asked about the "locker room" culture in sports, Bullock made clear that he takes those jokes personally.

"A lot of people joke, but me, it touches me," he says. "Never would I laugh at people who go through different ways in life."

Watch the full interview below.

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