Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 6:19 pm  |  8 responses

Jerry West Reveals Lifelong Depression

Jerry West will reveal his dark, self-esteem issues this Tuesday on HBO’s Real Sports. Obviously, though, Jerry West has thrived beyond his haunted past. The Logo’s memoir, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life, is in stores Wednesday: “Jerry West says he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat the future Hall of Famer, causing low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA’s biggest influences. West says his West Virginia childhood was devoid of love and filled with anger as a result of his abusive father, who left him feeling tormented and worthless. ‘I would go to bed feeling like I didn’t even want to live,’ West says in a segment airing Tuesday on HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.’ ‘I’ve been so low sometimes and when everyone else would be so high because I didn’t like myself.’”

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  • staywierd38


  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Perfectionism likes West’s will usually create or will be tied to serious depression. His willpower must have been intense to be such a perfectionist and deal with being handed so many losses by the Celtics. I hope he can talk to people about it, like Mr World Peace, help them get perspective on their own troubles.

  • C-Mac

    I’ve been there,and it’s a really terrible headspace to be in. Much respect to West for coming out and saying this, hopefully it helps others who are going through the same thing.

  • Zabbah

    Jerry West is da man.

  • andy

    yeah I’ve been there too and it’s always good for public figures to talk openly about – or admit to having – depression. Kirsten Dunst and the boxer Ricky Hatton being other recent examples I can think of. I commend them all.

  • Alex

    As someone who has grappled with depression for 40 plus years it feels less lonely today after having a respected public figure talk about his struggles. I agree: ‘Jerry West is da man’


    Nuthin brings more anger out of me than child abuse. As a father of 2 boys, I just can’t understand how any one could inflict such pain and torture to innocent, defenseless children, especially there own blood. It’s downright sad and senseless that many kids go thru this.
    I feel for Mr. West. It is comforting tho, to a degree, that he was able to overcome his traumatic childhood and achieve success instead of giving up. Much much props 2 him.

  • Scott

    jerry ur still the man