Keyon Dooling is a former NBA player as of September. He chose to retire desipte just signing a new contract two months prior, to deal with mental health issues he's fought since beign sexually abused as a child.
Dooling has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which gave him bouts of paranoia and hallucinations. Now, he's speaking out with groups and on televsion about his problem, how he dealt with it, and how others can help themselves, too.
It's a big step in the right direction for mental health. Few players choose to put their health in front of their career, especially not with head or brain injuries.
Here, Dooling talks frankly, though not graphically, about his sexual abuse as a child.
Elsewhere in the basketball world, Royce White is also dealing with mental health issues, in his case with anxiety. He and the Rockets reached an impass on how to deal with White's ongoing problems. Sadly, several people took to Twitter to clown on White as he tried to defend himself.
If you have a mental illness and are afraid to be transparent, I UNDERSTAND, but you shouldn't have to hide, I won't. (Cont)— Royce White (@Highway_30) November 14, 2012
Cont: Be loud and clear about what you need for support, and if no one listens, be louder, figuratively. Dont stop standing up for yourself.
— Royce White (@Highway_30) November 14, 2012
Unfortunately, that just made the situation worse.
if royce white was one of my friends, i'd tell him to stop tweeting.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) November 14, 2012
Michael Bradley scored a fantastic volley against Russia today.
You can now vote for the NBA all-stars via Twitter:
Torii Hunter joins the already-loaded Tigers
Susan Rice was named as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a move that was met with heavy resistance by the GOP.
Sen. John McCain says he would do all he could to block the nomination of Susan Rice to be secretary of state: apne.ws/TZThUg -AB— The Associated Press (@AP) November 14, 2012
This did not sit well with President Obama.
Wow Obama flashes anger takes off on McCain and Graham attacks POTUS strongly defends Susan Rice on #Benghazi— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 14, 2012
Obama just threw the gauntlet to McCain and Graham re. Amb. Rice. Essentially he is saying: I will play by the Chicago rules in my 2nd term— Hisham Melhem (@hisham_melhem) November 14, 2012
Jay-Z put up his performance of "Can I Live" from Brooklyn.