Posted September 28, 2012

Former NBA guard Keyon Dooling: I was ‘abused sexually, emotionally, mentally’

NBA

Keyon Dooling abruptly ended his NBA career last week, when he retired from the Boston Celtics. In an interview with Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com, he shared details of the personal demons that contributed to that decision, including the revelation that he’d been abused as a child.

“I actually had such a meltdown that I had to get professional help and I ended up in the hospital,” said Dooling. “It just all came to a head. To be honest with you, I blocked a lot of things out of my life. I’m a man who’s been abused, sexually, emotionally, mentally. I’ve been abused in my life, and there’s so many guys around the NBA who have been abused and I know it because I’ve been their therapist. I didn’t even have the courage because I blocked it out so much that I couldn’t even share that.”

“I just couldn’t embrace it at that time … I just wish I had the courage to talk about my abuses, and I’m not putting anybody out there because that’s neither here nor there. I was abused by some random people and some familiar people and it happened not frequently, but it happened. One time is too many. I just wish I had the courage because so many of our guys have been abused.”



3 comments
clemente21
clemente21

These child abusers need to get got....it's a vicious cycle and if people who were abused as kids aren't strong enough to break the cycle it just keeps going.  

 

Don't put up with it, kiddos, tell someone, kick the dude in the peanuts, take a baseball bat to his head (little or larger one, it doesn't matter), stab the SOB...whatever it takes!

JohnS.Metzger
JohnS.Metzger

KD .. maybe reassess the retiring thing .... no matter what is in the past .... it is that.

 

No surprises in this world .... as we are all out there trying to eat each other up ..financially..socially, culturally .. If you have the gift to play at the NBA level -- reassess.. get some good support around  you and take small steps forward.

 

Cast off the crew that kept silent, and hit the boards and the rack .. work with what your skills are. We are here way to short in time to let the misdeeds of others wear on us. Good wishes on getting on a good straight path ...we are made to overcome and move forward in life ....

Brad8
Brad8

Want to elaborate on that a little more Dooling?