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Keyon Dooling may have shocked some when he decided to retire after only half of a season with the Boston Celtics and 12 years in the NBA, but the guard is revealing that he has had to deal with a stint in a mental hospital and overcoming childhood molestation before redefining his position in the league.

Dooling, 32, recently opened up in an NBA.com report where he and wife Natosha spoke about overcoming a childhood molestation that he tried to block out, but seemed to re-appear in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Natosha described praying for her husband when he began to act unlike himself.

“I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it wasn’t good. Just weird stuff that he would say, or do,” Dooling’s wife who knew the former pro basketball player since he was 15 said. “I was just like, ‘Hmm, what’s going on? Is he OK?’ I even called his momma at one point, but she really couldn’t give me any answers. Actually, I just stayed on my knees. I was just praying. That’s all I know to do, just go before the Lord.”

Dooling eventually had a breakdown which led to a week-long stint in a mental hospital. The retired NBA guard described the ordeal as hell on earth.

“It was like hell. If you’re not a person that needs to be in a mental institution, it’s no place for you,” Dooling said in an NBA.com report. “In my opinion, if that’s hell here on earth, I don’t want to see it in the next life.”

Dooling described having to overcome hallucinations, and his experience with childhood molestation.

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article courtesy of TheChristianPost.com

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