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In late September, veteran Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling surprised the NBA world when he announced his retirement less than two months after signing a new contract. However, it turned out that Dooling had an excellent reason for his decision. After years of suppressing a history of sexual abuse, Dooling understood that he had to open up about his experiences, that he needed a change in his life, and that he had to spend more time with his family. It was a brave choice for a man who had earned the respect of teammates, opponents, coaches, and employers over the course of 12 seasons in the league.

Until now, though, we haven't heard much about the experiences this summer that led Dooling to step away from basketball. As detailed by David Aldridge of NBA.com, Dooling dealt with hallucinations and related issues brought on by a form of post-traumatic stress disorder and had to spend a significant amount of time in a psychiatric hospital. The entire story is worth reading — it follows Aldridge's report on the Lakers' hiring of Mike D'Antoni — but here's a brief glimpse into what Dooling went through:

Dooling was exhibiting behaviors familiar to soldiers returning from war zones. But Post Traumatic Stress Disorders aren't limited to those who fight in wars. Police officers, firefighters, anyone subject to a severe emotional episode can suffer from PTSD. Dooling's problems came to a head in August.
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-b...spital-summer-talks-katie-225458656--nba.html
 

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Oladipo for the people
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Best of luck in the future. Hopefully its something that will get better for him without the stress of the NBA season.

Always like him as a player since he came in the league.
 

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Oladipo for the people
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Makes me wonder how many other NBA/NFL/MLB etc players are going through this without saying a word.
It was pretty prevalent in hockey. A lot of junior coaches were exposed as being pedophiles.


The difference is, instead of getting the Sandusky treatment, guys like Graham James get a slap on the wrist in Canada. It sickens me.
 

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Jesus Shuttlesworth
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Ah, explains the crazyness.
 
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