The Los Angeles Clipper guard John Wall has opened up about the struggles he has endured over the past years. The death of his mother and injuries in which kept him off the court. The professional and personal issues led Wall down a spiraling path to the point he considered committing suicide. It has been a tough road for Wall who has struggled to stay healthy over the past few years. In February of 2019, Wall underwent season-ending surgery to treat a bone spur in his left heel. One month later he slipped in the shower and ruptured his Achilles.
Wait a minute. It does not end there.
Heartbreak and agony
After spending his first nine years with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards decided to trade Wall to the Houston Rockets. In the 2020-2021 season, he managed to play in 40 games. Following the next season 2021-2022, Wall did not play at all.
In a recent interview at the Salvation Army, Wall is asked, “What has the last two, two in a half years been like for you?” Wall states he had suicidal thoughts and battled with many issues on and off the court.
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“The darkest place I’ve ever been in. I mean at one point in time I thought about committing suicide,” Wall said. “Tearing my Achilles, and my mom being sick. My mom passed. My grandma passed a year later. All this in the midst of COVID. Me going to chemotherapy and sitting there. Seeing my mom take her last breath. Wearing the same clothes three days straight laying beside her.”
Wall’s mother, Frances Pulley unfortunately passed from cancer in 2019.
Wall’s support system
Through all the adversity Wall seems to have a good support system around him. He mentioned how great the mother of his two boys has been, and calls his boys his motivation. Wall also added that therapy aided him in dealing with these challenging times.
“There was a time I had to go and find a therapist,” Wall said. “You know a lot of people think I don’t need help. I can get through it at any time. But you gotta be true to yourself and find out what’s best for you and I did that.
New beginning with the Los Angeles Clippers
In an Instagram post, Wall publicized his signing with the LA Clippers. It is clear from the look on Wall’s face he is happen with his decision. Wall should fit right in with veterans Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
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His ability to break down defenses and facilitate for others will serve to be a tremendous uplift for the Clippers.