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NBA star says he’s had suicidal thoughts over last two years: ‘Darkest place I’ve ever been in’

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Los Angeles Clippers guard John Wall has been through tough times within the last two years, and while opening up about them recently, he admitted that he contemplated suicide.

Wall has needed to take care of things personally and professionally, like tearing his Achilles in 2019 while his mother battled and succumbed to cancer the identical yr. He sat out all of last season with the Houston Rockets as well.

“Darkest place I’ve ever been in,” Wall admitted during in interview with The Salvation Army that NBC Sports Washington shared. “At one time limit, I considered committing suicide. Tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, grandma passed a yr later. All this within the midst of COVID at the identical time. Me going to chemotherapy and sitting there. Me seeing my mom take her last breath, me wearing the identical clothes for 3 days waiting on the couch beside her.”

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Jalen Green, left, of the Houston Rockets and John Wall of the Los Angeles Clippers talk throughout the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas on July 7, 2022.
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To get through these trying times, Wall thanked his support system and said that he sought help from a therapist.

“I don’t wish to brag about [it]. Everybody goes through something,” he said. “All of us went through tough times, no one got it easy. But I don’t think quite a lot of people could undergo what I went through.

Now, Wall has gotten out of his “darkest place” and aiming to get back on the court and prove that he can still ball with the perfect of them at 31 years old.

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NBA player John Wall attends a game between the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on July 7, 2022.

NBA player John Wall attends a game between the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic throughout the 2022 NBA Summer League on the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on July 7, 2022.
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“To be back on top to where I would like to be and see fans still want me to play and having support from my hometown, their support period means loads,” he said.

Wall signed a two-year take care of the Clippers after reaching a buyout with the Rockets this offseason. He’ll be partnered with All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles. 

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Last time he was on the court with Houston in 2020, Wall averaged 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists over 40 games.

John Wall of the Houston Rockets warms up before the game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Dec. 13, 2021.

John Wall of the Houston Rockets warms up before the sport against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Dec. 13, 2021.
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While it could be a battle to search out his rhythm again on the court, Wall believes he can handle anything now that he’s gotten through the hardest stretch of his life.

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“If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,” he said.

This story discusses suicide. In the event you or someone you understand is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Scott Thompson is a sports author for Fox News Digital.

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