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CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample is looking to extract family members out of Ukraine during Russia’s invasion of the country.
Sample and his wife, Angelina, told Fox News on Monday morning that Angelina’s aunt and grandparents on both sides of her family are still in the war-torn country.
“For us, we’ve just been trying to see if there’s anything we can do to set up a plan where we can get them to us so they feel comfortable leaving, because it’s obviously dangerous for them,” Sample told Fox News.
According to a report from Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV, Angelina was born in Ukraine before later moving to the United States. The two met while they were in college and were married while Drew was still playing at the University of Washington, per the Seattle Times.
Angelina told the TV network on Monday that she has remained in contact with family members during Russia’s military invasion that has drawn several international sanctions and a reprimand from the United Nations.
“We watch it on the news but, for me to just be putting my (children) down for a nap in the afternoon and I want to call my grandma, I call them up on the phone and they answer it, and they’re sitting in the dark in the basement,” Angelina Sample said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
Drew Sample, 25, just wrapped up his third season in the NFL. The second-round pick in the 2019 draft is Cincinnati’s primary reserve tight end. Last season, he had 11 catches for 81 yards during a regular season that helped the Bengals reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years. Cincinnati lost Super Bowl LVI to the Los Angeles Rams.
Sample told Fox News on Monday that her family still in rural Ukraine are not looking to flee the country to a bordering nation as refugees because of their lack of connections outside of Ukraine.
The Bengals tight end said that he and Angelina represent some of their extended family living in the United States.
“For us, it’s hard because there’s really no good answers,” Sample said.
Source: ESPN NFL