Five-time All-Star John Wall revealed that following a terrible injury and the passing of both his mother and grandmother, he entertained the idea of ending his own life.
These comments were spoken by Wall during a dedication ceremony for his late mother held at the Salvation Army in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is Wall’s hometown.
Wall has only participated in 113 games over the course of the last five seasons due to a slew of injuries that he has suffered.
As a member of the Washington Wizards in the beginning of 2019, the point guard took a tumble at home and ruptured his Achilles tendon, which was the beginning of a downward spiral for him.
His mother passed away around the end of the year from breast cancer, and his grandma passed away during the pandemic. Wall was fighting battles within himself on a daily basis as the country was fighting the COVID-19 virus.
Wall, who has recently signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, referred to his previous team as the “darkest situation I’ve ever been in. There was a period when I entertained the idea of ending my life by taking my own life.”
“I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing away, my grandma passing away 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,” she said. “I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing away, my grandma passing away a year later.”
Wall has stated that he started seeing a therapist, which he claims assisted him in working through his pain.
“Many individuals have the mindset, ‘I don’t require any assistance. I can make it through it whenever I choose,” Wall stated. “But you have to be honest with who you are and figure out what’s going to work out best for you.”
Before knee and leg ailments started taking their toll on Wall, he was a big-time star for the Wizards. Next month, he will turn 32 years old.
He was selected as an All-Star for five consecutive seasons, from 2013-2018, and he set a new career best in points per game with 23.1 in the 2016–2017 campaign.
As part of the deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in the offseason of the 2020-2021 NBA season, John Wall was sent to Houston. After appearing in 40 games for Houston during that season, he sat out the previous year’s action while the team was in the process of rebuilding and looking for a trade partner.
Wall was given his release by Houston in June, and he signed with the Clippers at the beginning of July.
Wall’s morale is lifted by the fact that his colleagues include Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Wall expressed his happiness by saying, “You can tell I’m kind of smiling a lot more, all those types of things. I got the chance to play alongside two outstanding players, and the possibilities are endless,” he said.
Wall has played 613 games in the NBA and has compiled career averages of 19.1 points, 9.1 assists, and 4.3 rebounds. The Wizards selected him with the first overall choice in the draft in 2010, and he came out of Kentucky.