“I considered committing suicide” Clippers guard John Wall opened up about his mental health struggles

John Wall has been selected to the All-Star game on numerous occasions, and at one time, he was regarded as one of the NBA’s top point guards. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

While his basketball situation is terrific right now, there is no denying that John Wall has had a difficult few years. John Wall recently acknowledged that he had “thought about suicide” over the previous two to three years. He endured difficult circumstances during that period, such as tearing his Achilles and losing several family members.

“Darkest place I’ve ever been in. At one point, I thought about committing suicide. Tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passing a year later, all this in the midst of COVID. At the same time, me going to chemotherapy, sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for 3 days straight… All those sacrifices… my team, the mother of my kids have been great. My two boys is my motivation… Looking at all this I’m like: “If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life.” 

“I don’t like to brag about it, because everybody goes through something. We all go through tough times, nobody got it easy. But I don’t think a lot of people can get through what I went through. To me to be back on top where I want to be, see the fans still want me to play… means a lot.”

On the other side, Wall persevered through his difficult moments to go on and succeed. He is ready to play on an NBA court for the first time since the 2020–21 season after missing all of the previous one due to the Houston Rockets’ ongoing rebuilding efforts.

The season before, his first with Houston after being traded from the Washington Wizards, he only appeared in 40 games. The five-time All-Star underwent a portion of the drawn-out recovery procedure at the beginning of the pandemic and missed the entire 2019–20 season due to a torn Achilles. Over the last five seasons, the No. 1 pick from 2010 has participated in just 113 games overall.

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