Orlando Magic guard Jonathan Simmons was rescued by rapper Trae Tha Truth after family had run out of food.
Jonathon Simmons, who inked a three-year, $20 million deal with the Orlando Magic this summer, was forced out of his downtown Houston home by Hurricane Harvey, and had to relocate to a friend’s house in the suburbs.
While the friend’s house wasn’t quite flooded, Simmons and his family had run out of food after taking in people from houses that did, leaving them with over 20 people in the house, including many kids. Wanting them to eat first, Simmons said that all he ate for a few days was a pack of ramen noodles.
“Saturday night it started raining about 8 o’clock, but we had gotten over there about 3 o’clock just to be safe,” Simmons recalled on Wednesday morning. “I had bought all of these air mattresses and covers and blankets and food and water for everybody. We were good for three days, but my other friend’s house had started getting flooded early, so he came there to the house, too. So that gave us another 11 extra people and most of them were kids. We had to let the kids eat first, so most of the last two days it was kind of rough (without food).
“There was at least 20 people in the house and probably eight of them were kids,” Simmons added. “When I was little, my mom always kept the fridge full of stuff (during hurricanes). This time, I ate a pack of ramen noodles and that’s all for like a day-and-a-half.”
Simmons, originally from Houston, received a stroke of good luck when he and his family were rescued by Trae Tha Truth, who has been logging incredible work throughout the disaster.
“Trae Tha Truth, the rapper, is from Houston and we know a mutual friend from San Antonio. They brought a boat to Houston because (Trae) had to evacuate as well,” Simmons said of the rapper, who has gained additional notoriety recently in Houston for helping dozens of others evacuate flooded areas. “They came and got (Trae) and then he came and got us right away. Luckily, I had a friend in the area who could help us out.”
“We still had to ride a boat, walk through muddy water and ride on the back of a dumpster truck for like five miles. It was crazy,” Simmons recalled. “I had to hold up my people and I had some kids with me. Most of the kids were old enough to walk, but one of them I had to carry with me.”
This is just one of the countless, amazing stories of camaraderie and bravery we’ve seen during this entire ordeal in Houston. People from across the region and the nation have banded together to help each one another. It’s great news to hear that Simmons, and all of his friends and family with him, were brought to safety by one of the many heroes in Houston.