During today’s episode of ESPN’s morning show Get Up, former NBA player & ESPN analyst Jay Williams fired back at Charles Barkley, explaining why his recent comments about Adam Silver’s statements on anxiety and depression among NBA players–by citing how much money NBA players are worth and how they have no reason to be sad or complain–were upsetting, and how they only create more challenges for people struggling with anxiety and depression to open up about their issues.
“You may have made money and been a superstar, but you don’t walk in the shoes of those individuals. So show empathy towards that and let’s help people saying that, ‘I have issues,’ instead of attacking them. I get pissed off about that.”
Williams, is one of the most outspoken mental health advocates among the NBA community, having overcome his own personal battles with depression and anxiety after a motorcycle accident abruptly ended his NBA career, after his rookie season.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 7, 2019