But as the 32-year-old shared in a revealing, 55-minute visit on the Tampering podcast with myself and Joe Vardon on Tuesday, in which he took us through this surreal experience, the fact that their autistic son, Jacob, is more at risk because of his weakened immune system means the fear is still fresh. And Ingles, to the surprise of no one who knows him, would do anything to protect him. Even if it meant walking away from the game he loves. “If you had to tell me that you could never play again to protect Jacob from this, I would walk away, fly to Australia and never play another game in my life and be very content with it,” Ingles said. “I could walk out of this gym now, in the clothes I’m in, and go to the airport.
I would have zero issues (with that choice) because I wouldn’t want to put my family through that. I don’t want to put Jacob through that. I don’t want to put his sister (Milla) through that, and I definitely don’t want to put his mother through that. So it’s really hard.