Yikes. This isn’t a fun story. Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko, who still has a home in Utah as well as one in Russia, had his Utah home burglarized this past weekend, in a community his wife calls “the safest place on Earth.”
According to the Deseret News, a TV, a Playstation, some Marvel action figures, and some clothing items were taken at minimum from the couple’s home in Utah, which Kirilenko’s wife Masha Lopatova said doesn’t hold many valuables. She added that the burglary looked like the work of an amateur, since some valuable artwork was left behind in lieu of the electronics and clothing. No memorabilia was taken from the home, since the Kirilenkos don’t put up athletic memorabilia. “It’s weird looking at your own jersey all day long,” Lopatova joked to the paper.
Since signing a two-year contract with the Nets last season,Kirilenko and his family have lived in New York City. Kirilenko told The Brooklyn Game in January that he enjoyed it quite a bit, though it was an adjustment living in a place like Manhattan, particularly dealing with the traffic and finding schools for his two sons.
The newspaper reported that they were alerted to the burglary when a friend drove by and saw the garage doors open at the house.
The good news: no one was harmed in the incident, and not much valuable merchandise was taken from the home. Kirilenko can probably stomach the cost of a television and some clothing, since he’s reportedly made over $100 million in NBA salary earnings alone throughout his career. But let’s hope that this violation of privacy was his last.