Local basketball player and Maryville native in Ukraine

Local basketball player and Maryville native in Ukraine during unrest

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Maryville High School stand-out and former University of Florida player Lee Humphrey, 29, now plays for the European Basketball League and is based in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where protestors have taken to the streets. Maryville High School stand-out and former University of Florida player Lee Humphrey, 29, now plays for the European Basketball League and is based in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where protestors have taken to the streets.
"He says, have you heard the news? And I said no, and he said, it's really bad in Kiev today," said Tony Humphrey, relaying the conversation he had with his son. "He says, have you heard the news? And I said no, and he said, it's really bad in Kiev today," said Tony Humphrey, relaying the conversation he had with his son.
Lee and his wife Chelsea live fifteen minutes away from Independence Square. It's the same area filled with flames and protestors in the video that's been making international headlines. Lee and his wife Chelsea live fifteen minutes away from Independence Square. It's the same area filled with flames and protestors in the video that's been making international headlines.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) – The family of a local basketball star is keeping a close eye on the unrest in Ukraine.

Maryville High School stand-out and former University of Florida player Lee Humphrey, 29, now plays for the European Basketball League and is based in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where protestors have taken to the streets.

The demonstrators are upset with the Ukranian president after he pulled a trade agreement with the European Union.

Instead, he decided to accept an economic bailout from Russia.

Lee's parents Tony and Macheala Humphrey spoke to him Tuesday morning.

"He says, have you heard the news? And I said no, and he said, it's really bad in Kiev today," said Tony Humphrey, relaying the conversation he had with his son.

Lee and his wife Chelsea live fifteen minutes away from Independence Square. It's the same area filled with flames and protestors in the video that's been making international headlines.

"There were protestors and a lot of craziness going on. They had clubs, body armor, and helmets," Tony Humphrey said, about the scene Lee described.

Lee's mom, Macheala has concerns about what could go wrong for the kids.

"That they won't get home, what if they are mistaken for Ukranians and they're not. You know, what would the process be if they had to go to the embassy," she said.

So far they've been told everything is fine. The basketball team has scaled back their practices. Chelsea, who is an English teacher, has been asked not to come to work.

With the way things are now, mom's hoping her son's team just loses the next game.

"I keep thinking, if you lose you can come home. It's like any other tournament. It's based on how far you can go in your league," Macheala said.

But that's certainly not what the basketball player wants.

So his parents pray things don't get worse than they already are.

Losing contact with Lee and Chelsea because of the unrest, is their greatest fear.

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