Kevin Love Opened Up About Mental Health Issues That Caused Him To Be Accused Of Faking The Flu
From all indications, Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love seems to have a pretty amazing life. He’s a five-time All-Star, won an NBA championship, won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and has been in a long-term relationship with gorgeous Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Bock.
However, as is quite often the case with mental health issues, especially with men, looks can be very deceiving.
It was just a little over a week ago that Toronto Raptors’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan revealed how much he has struggled with depression and anxiety despite his enviable status as a successful NBA player.
And now today, Kevin Love also revealed in a story for The Players’ Tribune that he too has been suffering from mental health issues that got so bad he actually had to leave a game, miss practice, and be accused by his teammates of faking the flu, when in fact he was really suffering from panic attacks.
On November 5th, right after halftime against the Hawks, I had a panic attack.
It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real. But it was real — as real a broken hand or a sprained ankle. Since that day, almost everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed.
He then goes on to explain that just like many people before him, oftentimes men, he tried to just shrug it off.
So for 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else’s problem. Sure, I knew on some level that some people benefited from asking for help or opening up. I just never thought it was for me. To me, it was form of weakness that could derail my success in sports or make me seem weird or different.
Then came the panic attack.
It happened during a game.