Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Washington Wizards spoke candidly about his battle with anxiety and depression on Wednesday while appearing on NBC Sports Wizards Tip-Off podcast. Oubre is third NBA player to open up about mental health in the past few weeks, following Demar DeRozan and Kevin Love.
“A lot of people are coming out with things about mental health. I feel as if, yeah man I’ve suffered through a lot of things in my life. I’ve been through a lot of things,” he said.
“I can definitely relate to it all… I’m really good at keeping a poker face because when I was growing up my dad always told me ‘don’t let anybody see you weak.’ Nobody sees that I’m weak, but deep down inside I am going through a lot. Hell is turning over.”
“We’re normal human beings. We face a lot more adversity, a lot more problems… It’s a little bit more amped up, we just can’t show it,” he said. “I feel like people who are on the outside looking in don’t really understand because they see us as superheroes, but we’re normal people, man. We go through the issues that normal people go through times 10.”