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NBA player John Wall says he has contemplated suicide in recent times : NPR


John Wall is shown on Dec. 13, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia prior to tip-off at an NBA game.

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John Wall is shown on Dec. 13, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia prior to tip-off at an NBA game.

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John Wall, a guard for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, shared that he contemplated suicide in recent times after facing a series of emotional and physical struggles.

In early 2019, Wall underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Moreover, his mother and grandmother died a yr other than one another, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is the darkest place I’ve ever been in,” he said in an interview clip posted to Twitter on Monday. “At one cut-off date, I considered committing suicide.”

“I considered committing suicide. Tearing my Achilles, my mom passing, my grandma dying a yr later, within the midst of COVID. Me going to chemotherapy, sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the identical clothes for 3 days straight.”

John Wall on his last 2-3 years 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Kr01c2lqrb

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 29, 2022

Wall said he sat along with his mother in chemotherapy while she took her last breaths. He eventually enrolled in therapy.

“Taking a look at all that, I’m like, if I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,” he said. “Everybody goes through something, you already know. All of us went through tough times. No person got it easy, but I do not think numerous people could get through what I went through.”

He added, “To me, to be back on top where I would like to be and see the fans still want me to play, having the support from my hometown — just support, period — means rather a lot.”

Wall was chosen by the Washington Wizards as the primary overall pick within the 2010 NBA draft. He spent nearly a decade of his profession with the team and was a five-time NBA All-Star during that point.

He tore his Achilles tendon in 2019 and will not play for 12 months. Despite that timeline expiring amid the NBA’s “bubble” season in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he didn’t finish the season with the Wizards, and was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2020.

He didn’t play much during his time with the Rockets, because of a knee injury, and in 2022, he signed a two-year, $13.2 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s now averaging 20.6 points per game, 6.9 assists and three.2 rebounds, in keeping with the NBA.

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