It’s fair to say the vast majority of the NBA world was somewhat shocked when Keyon Dooling decided to call it a career just a week back right before training camp. Having signed a one-year veteran’s deal this summer with Boston, the 32-year-old guard appeared to have plenty of basketball left in those legs after being a valuable locker room and bench contributor throughout the team’s postseason run.
After squashing rumors of his supposed interest in Miami over the weekend after the C’s waived him, Dooling opened up to Jess Camerato at CSNNE.com about his decision to retire and the emotional burden he has carried for himself and his friends and family over the majority of his career.
Here is just a small sampling of the must-read piece by Jess, which I implore you to check out (it’s long, but definitely worth it) as Keyon opens up about a tough past he still battles to this day:
“It just all came to a head. To be honest with you, I blocked a lot of things out of my life,” said Dooling. “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 …
“It took literally a meltdown for everybody to see how serious I was about not playing ball anymore.”
But he was absolutely serious.
“For so long I’ve always denied myself and what I feel for others, in particular my family of origin and my wife and my children and my friends who I really trust,” he said.
“It just got to the point where it was like, they don’t know how much pain I’m in. They don’t know how lonely the road can be. They don’t know the stuff that comes along with being an NBA player. They don’t know how many people call my phone begging for money every day. They don’t know how many people call me asking for advice. They don’t know how many people rely on me to be happy when they’re down. They don’t understand the grind that mentally I have to go through to be this man I am every day.”
Kudos for Keyon for having the courage to speak out on such a tough issue. I implore you to read the full piece at CSNNE.com