Last Saturday night, Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders, 26, walked away from basketball after five years in the league for what were reported as "personal reasons."
But yesterday, we found out exactly what some of those "personal reasons" were: depression, anxiety, and a mood disorder. In a blog post and video published on the Players' Tribune, Sanders opened up about his decision, stating that it had to do, in part, with his mental health.
Sanders has received much criticism from the public because he had three years remaining on a $44 million contract, leaving around $21 million on the table in the buyout. But as anyone who suffers from a mental illness knows, that's not how it works. You can't just force yourself to suck it up — not for any amount of money. His focus was finding happiness — and he knew he couldn't find it in basketball.
In the video, he explains: