John Wall, a guard for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, said that he had thought about suicide after going through a lot of emotional and physical problems in recent years.
Wall had surgery early in 2019 to fix a torn Achilles tendon. Also, his mother and grandmother both died one year apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview clip that was shared on Twitter on Monday, he said, "It's the darkest place I've ever been." "At one point, I was thinking about killing myself."
Wall said that he sat with his dying mother as she took her last breaths while she was getting chemotherapy.
He ended up going to therapy. "Looking at all that, I think, if I can get through this, I can get through anything in life," he said.
"Everyone has something to deal with, you know. "We have all been through hard times. " "No one had it easy, but I don't think many people could have gone through what I did."
He also said, "It means a lot to me to be back on top where I want to be and see that the fans still want me to play.
It also means a lot to me to have support from my hometown, even if it's just support."
first pick in the NBA Draft in 2010. He played for the team for almost ten years and was an NBA All-Star five times during that time.
In 2019, he tore his Achilles tendon and couldn't play for a year. Even though that deadline had passed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the
NBA's "bubble" season, he didn't finish the season with the Wizards and was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2020.