At 32, former Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling retired prematurely from the NBA.
Dooling’s early retirement wasn’t caused by a physical toll on his body which is often the case with aging athletes but by deep mental anguish from a haunting past that led to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dooling spent 12 years in the NBA, appearing in 721 games (86 started), scoring 5036 points (average 7.0 ppg), dishing out 1593 assists (2.2 apg), in approximately 19 minutes of playing time.
He played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Boston Celtics.
On Katie Couric’s talk show, Dooling went public with his story of sexual abuse as a child in an effort to banish demons, heal himself and to offer guidance and help to those suffering through similar circumstances.
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of sexual predators out there preying on children’s innocence that need to be stopped.
Dooling’s openness is a courageous step forward in bringing this problem to the forefront and can do nothing but help warn and educate parents and children about the problem of sexual abuse, which surprisingly is perpetrated not by strangers necessarily but by family members and close friends.Follow @exnbadotcom
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