DeRozan Speaks Out

DeRozan Shows Strength in Speaking Out

DeMar DeRozan Opens Up About His Struggles with Depression

He is known around ‘The Six’ as ‘Mr. I Am Toronto’.

He also is earning $26-million annually to play with Canada’s only NBA organization. He is a multiple-time All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, has loving children, and teammates who share a bond and a chemistry unmatched by most teams around the league.

In Canada, the fandom for the Toronto Raptors is unmatched. The love and respect for DeMar DeRozan – unrivalled. Yet, on the eve of his 2018 All-Star Game start, in an arena just 25-minutes away from his hometown of Compton, California, Derozan tweeted out a cryptic message that turned heads and made waves all around the NBA: “This depression gets the best of me…”

What followed was an outpouring of support for DeRozan.

A city that he promised to keep relevant in a basketball sense quickly showed their love for the star that remained loyal to Canadian organization. What for a brief moment was perceived to be simply song lyrics, turned out to be something completely different. For the 28-year old All-Star, DeRozan just wanted to come clean and be honest.

“I always have various nights,” he said. “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.”

Now, DeRozan knows that the city of Toronto and the entire NBA family is standing strong with him, always ready to offer a helping hand.

“It’s not nothing I’m against or ashamed of. 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 OK with that,” DeRozan said. “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. 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.”

Not only is it amazing to see society come together to help each other. The strength that it took for someone as quiet and reserved as DeRozan to voice his struggles should be an inspiration for people who share similar struggles.


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