In an interview with BOXTOROW, the 31-year-old guard, John Wall, went into grave detail about some trouble times in the past three years. Wall said he considered taking his own life after watching his mom and grandmother pass away during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. All this happening while Wall is dealing with torn Achilles.
“Darkest place I’ve ever been in,” Wall said. “At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide. I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed 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.”
I’m rooting for John Wall so hard, man.
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— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) August 29, 2022
Wall’s mother, Frances Pulley, died in December 2019 at the age of 58 after struggling with breast cancer. His grandmother died later. At the same time, Wall was dealing with rehabbing his Achilles injury. Wall has played just 40 games over the last three years because of injuries, COVID-19 and his former team, the Houston Rockets, not playing him before he joined the Clippers.
“Looking at all that, I’m like, if I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,” “And I don’t like to brag about it…everybody goes through something, we all went through tough times, nobody got it easy. But I don’t think a lot of people could get through what I went through.”
Wall said he has a strong support system that includes his team and the mother of his two children. His sons also motivate him. Wall is excited about life and being able to play basketball again in Los Angeles.
“You can tell I’m kind of smiling a lot more, all those types of things,” he said. “I get an opportunity to play with two great players and the sky’s the limit.”