NBA Star DeMar DeRozan Battles Depression and Explains the Trouble with Trying to Discuss it

Demar DeRozan Depression

Millions of dollars in the bank, worldwide fame and living out a lifelong dream. The NBA star and shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan can list all of those things as accomplishments, but none of them has kept him from being depressed.

During this year’s NBA All-Star weekend, the 28-year-old sent a tweet in the middle of the night, which gave many a first glimpse into his longtime battle with the mental disorder. “This depression get the best of me,” he wrote, which sparked a lot of positive words from fans and folks in general.

As many know, this year’s NBA All-Star weekend took place in Los Angeles, DeRozan’s hometown, so many figured he would be in high spirits, seeing he got to spend time with family and friends and play in front of them.

But that obviously wasn’t the case, and in a recent interview, he spoke about his battle with depression and how he’s now able to discuss it openly.

“It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day,” he told the Toronto Star. “We all got feelings, all of that. Sometimes it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”

The 6’7” DeRozan, who’s the leading scorer of his team, said he’s had many nights similar to the one he had on All Star weekend when he sent that cryptic tweet. In fact, his quiet personality was shaped by his depression, since much of his thinking time was occupied with trying to combat sad feelings.

“I always have various nights,” he explained. “I’ve always been like that since I was young, but I think that’s where my demeanor comes from. I’m so quiet, if you don’t know me. I stay standoffish in a sense, in my own personal space, to be able to cope with whatever it is you’ve got to cope with.”

There have been some researchers who’ve found a correlation between depression and people who are very successful, and that link has a lot to do with ambition, said Raj Raghunathan, PhD., a professor at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

In his book “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?” he said that a lot of successful people thrive in competition and trying to be the best is what actually fuels them. But the more they compare themselves to others, the more of a chance they’ll feel empty.

“This means that regardless of how wealthy, famous, powerful or attractive you are compared with others, the more you strive for superiority, the less happy you will be,” Raghunanthan wrote.

Other professional athletes who’ve admitted to suffering from depression or mental illness include former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry, retired NFL player Ricky Williams, former NBA player Keyon Dooling and the WNBA’s Imani Boyette.

The former NBA player Royce White also admitted to mental illness and said he suffered from bad anxiety disorders. So in his rookie year with the Houston Rockets, he pressured the league to create an official policy to help him and others like him. 

But despite his efforts, an official policy wasn’t set up and White sat out the entire 2012/2013 season. He now plays in Canada’s NBL league for the London Lightning, and there still isn’t anything in place for the players.

Besides White, the NBA player who may be most associated with the issue of mental health in professional basketball is former Milwaukee Buck Larry Sanders, who walked away from the league after playing for five years. At the time, he said his decision to quit had to do with “personal reasons.”  

During a 2015 interview, Sanders said it’s hard for a lot of professional athletes to cope with their newfound fame and wealth because they’re still young and their brains are still developing.

“People don’t take into account that we’re all very young men,” Sanders said. “Scientifically, the brain doesn’t stop developing. A guy comes into the league and it’s nine or 10 years before his brain stops developing, for them to be settled with their true emotions, their cognitive reasoning, their rationality. This is the last thing to develop.” 

“But we’re put into these positions where we’re put on a pedestal,” he added. “But chemically, we’re not even fully developed yet … Everything at once, family, home, life, then being a professional who has to perform on the court. It’s intense.”


It’s possible that DeRozan opening up about his depression will put more pressure on the NBA to deal with mental illness head on.

Some say the reason why progress has been so slow has to do with confidentiality because the issue is so private and personal, there hasn’t been a huge collective voice among players.

In DeRozan’s interview, he said if there’s one bright side to his condition, is that he’s extremely cognizant of how he treats people.

“This is real stuff,” he said. “We’re all human at the end of the day. That’s why I look at every person I encounter the same way. I don’t care who you are. You can be the smallest person off the street or you could be the biggest person in the world, I’m going to treat everybody the same, with respect.”

“My mom always told me: Never make fun of anybody because you never know what that person is going through,” added DeRozan. “Ever since I was a kid, I never did. I don’t care what shape, form, ethnicity, nothing. I treat everybody the same. You never know.”

The hoop star also said that he isn’t embarrassed about his depression.

“It’s not nothing I’m against or ashamed of,” stated DeRozan. “Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. Even if it’s just somebody can look at it like, ‘He goes through it and he’s still out there being successful and doing this,’ I’m okay with that.”

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Tisha Campbell-Martin Scores New Gig Amid Divorce Filing

Tisha Campbell-Martin
Tisha Campbell-Martin is making a return to ABC. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)

Tisha Campbell-Martin may be splitting from long-time husband Duane Martin, but her career isn’t slowing down a bit. The actress just scored a part as a series regular in a new ABC pilot.

The drama, helmed by “CSI: NY” showrunner Pam Veasey, Robin Roberts and Regina King, is currently untitled but will see the former “Dr. Ken” star in a serious television role, Deadline reported Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Campbell-Martin will play Sgt. Anise Kendrick-Morrison, one of five Black sisters who all work for the NYPD. As the siblings face challenges of work while managing their home life, Kendrick-Morrison balances her wit and outspokenness with a sense of humor. The first of the sisters to join the department, she “proudly patrols her own childhood neighborhood in Queens.”

“So excited and grateful to be working with @iamreginaking @reinaking11 @robinrobertsgma and #PamVeasey !!!!” Campbell-Martin wrote on Instagram Tuesday with a link to the report.

This would be the actress’ first regular TV series role since “Dr. Ken” was canceled. She last starred as gymnastics star Simone Biles’ mother in the athlete’s Lifetime biopic, “Courage to Soar.”

It’s also her first new gig since announcing her separation from fellow actor, husband Duane Martin, her husband of 27 years.


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GOP Officials Bring Together HBCU Leaders and Major Corporations to Foster Employment Opportunities 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heads of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities are getting face time with representatives of companies like Google, Wal-Mart and Starbucks at this year’s HBCU Fly-In sponsored by congressional Republicans.

Spearheaded by Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the HBCU Fly-In started last February as a way for the colleges and universities to meet GOP officials and find ways to work with the federal government.

Scott and Walker say the school presidents asked them to bring in corporate representatives who can partner with their institutions and employ their graduates.

This year’s program does not include a planned photo with President Donald Trump. The HBCU presidents were criticized back on their own campuses last year for the Oval Office photo.

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Michael Rapaport Tears Into President Trump In Expletive-Laden Rant

Dick Stain Donald is a Crab Ass Ho. @iamrapaportpodcast #disruptivebehavior

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Leave it to actor Michael Rapaport to rip into Donald Trump’s newest statements about the Flordia school shooting with lots of expletives.

The “Atypical” star did as much in a teaser for his podcast Tuesday, Feb. 26 beginning with the provocative statement that the President of the United States is a “d— stain.”

Rapaport’s issue with Trump mirrors Samuel L. Jackson’s. The Commander-in-Chief said Monday that he would have entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rather than hiding the way the armed sheriff’s deputy did during the deadly Valentine’s Day shooting.

“You are a crab ass ho,” Rappaport says. “Straight the f— up. You are a crab ass punk p—- made b—-.”

After summarizing what Trump had said about the Parkland, Fla. shooting that killed 17 people, Rappaport dismissed the president.

“Yo, you’re a f—– hooker,” he says. “You wouldn’t do jack s—. You didn’t do jack s— when you got drafted into the military except for dodge the s— and to make this situation about you just goes to show what kind of evil, crab ass leach, hooker you are. You don’t give a f— about those people in Florida. You don’t give a f— about the people in this country, you don’t give a f— about your own kids, you don’t give a f— about your wife, mother f—–. You don’t even give a f— about yourself and your balding, rotting head. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

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President Ramaphosa Is Working to Get Black South Africans Their Land Back

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, hopes to summon a fresh chapter in the nation’s history, starting with the reversal of Apartheid-era injustices.

Ramaphosa addressed the parliament last week where he announced his intent to right the wrongs of the past by seeing “the return of the land to the people from whom it was taken … to heal divisions of the past,” according to Business Insider.

In essence, the newly elected president plans to confiscate lands from white farm owners and redistribute it to Blacks as a means to correct the “original sin” of European colonizers of the 1600’s. White farmers will not be compensated for their land, however.

“The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate redistribution of land to Black South Africans,” said Ramaphosa, who was sworn in nearly two weeks ago to replace Jacob Zuma as president.

He promised that land expropriation operations would be executed carefully and responsibly, adding that the drastic move would not hurt the country’s agriculture or economy, reported. Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe implemented a similar land distribution program in the late 1990’s. Unfortunately, the nation’s economy suffered severely.

“No one is saying that land must be taken away from our people,” Ramaphosa said. “Rather, it’s how we can make sure that our people have equitable access to land and security of tenure. We must see this process of accelerated land redistribution as an opportunity and not as a threat.”

A recent study showed that Black South Africans comprise nearly 80 percent of the nation’s population, yet own a mere 1.2 of its rural land. In contrast, white South Africans account for 9 percent of the nation’s population and own 23.6 percent of its rural land, in addition to 11.4 percent of land in towns and cities, according to a Land Audit report.

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