Denver Nuggets forward Nene, who is recovering from testicular cancer, issued an apology and a thank you Sunday.
In his first public comments since discovering he had cancer, Nene said he's sorry that his Web site posted an incorrect statement saying his tumor was benign when it was actually malignant and added that he's thankful for an outpouring of support from across the world.
The Brazilian forward took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Jan. 11 and underwent surgery in Denver. Shortly afterward, his Web site posted a statement saying the tumor was benign. But that announcement quickly was removed, and doctors later said it was cancerous but isolated and that Nene is expected to make a full recovery.
"I would like to apologize for the incorrect information that was disclosed. There was no bad-faith or intention to fool anyone upon the announcement of a wrong result for the biopsy," Nene said in a statement Sunday that blamed a miscommunication for the error.
"But the worst part is over, I am very happy with the result of the exams, happy for feeling better."