During the past three years, when he was suffering with a torn Achilles and the loss of family members during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, John Wall reportedly contemplated suicide.
The 31-year-old guard recently joined the Clippers and is aiming to get back to his previous form this upcoming season. Because of injuries, COVID-19, and the lack of playing time thanks to issues with his former team, the Houston Rockets. Before joining the Clippers, the PG had only played 40 games in the last three years.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was raised, Wall spoke about his recent past during a garden dedication in honor of his mom at the Salvation Army earlier this month. His mother also used to volunteer there as well. The former Kentucky Wildcat stated:
“Darkest place I’ve ever been in,” Wall said. “At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide. I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed a year later, all this in the midst of COVID and at the same time, me going to chemotherapy, me sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for three days straight laying on the couch beside her.”
Frances Pulley, Wall’s mother, passed away in 2019 at the age of 58 after a fight with breast cancer. His grandmother died shortly thereafter. During this same period, Wall was obviously still rehabilitating the serious Achilles injury he suffered in midway through the 2018-2019 season.
“We’re all going through times, nobody’s got it easy, but I don’t think a lot of people could get through what I went through,” Wall said. “And to me to get back on top where I want to be and seeing the fans still want me to play, having the support from my hometown, this important period means a lot. I went to find a therapist. A lot of people think, ‘I don’t need help, I can get through it at anytime,’ but you’ve got to be true to yourself and find out what’s best for you.”
Wall stated he has a solid support system that comprises of his new teammates and his two children’s mother. His sons also encourage him to push on as well.
“I’m looking at all that and I’m like, ‘If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,'” he said.
The production company of Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted this showing support: “@John Wall we got your back. Always.” James then tweeted, “And I mean ALWAYS!!!!!! Don’t ever question it bro!! Proud of you @JohnWall.”
Wall highlighted his joy to have another shot to hoop in the NBA again:
“You can tell I’m kind of smiling a lot more, all those types of things,” he said. “I get an opportunity to play with two great players and the sky’s the limit.”
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