Shawn Bradley, a retired NBA player who stands 7 feet 6 inches tall, has been battling suicidal thoughts since a bike accident.


Shawn Bradley, a retired NBA player who stands 7 feet 6 inches tall, has been battling suicidal thoughts since a motorcycle accident.

Since the bicycle accident that left the 7-foot-6 former NBA center paralyzed a year ago, Shawn Bradley says he has been fighting suicidal thoughts.

Bradley told Sports Illustrated, ‘Perhaps it would be better if this was all over.’

‘Those thoughts do creep in — and they’re true.’

I don’t think I’ll ever act on those thoughts, but they’re there.’

Bradley has found it particularly difficult to see former teammates, such as Michael Finley of the Dallas Mavericks.

‘It’s difficult for me to let them see me like this,’ Bradley said to SI, reportedly crying.

‘It’s the difficulty of remembering what was… and knowing it’ll never be the same.’

On one of his regular rides near his home in St. Louis on January 20, 2021, a minivan rear-ended his bike.

George is a town in Utah.

The 49-year-old collided with a parked car, causing damage to his cervical vertebrae.

Bradley has been paralyzed from the neck down since then, and he now uses a motorized wheelchair to get around.

Bradley and his family did not publicly reveal the crash until March of 2021, and many details about the incident were unknown until the former BYU star and second-round draft pick spoke with SI recently.

Bradley was riding his custom bicycle through a roundabout near his home when he noticed a sedan parked on the shoulder in front of him, as he explained.

Bradley claimed he signaled to move to his left, but when he attempted to do so, he was rear-ended by a mother driving a minivan to pick up a child from school.

Bradley didn’t name the woman because he didn’t want her to be scrutinized in public.

Bradley was thrown to his right, where his handlebars collided with the back of a parked sedan, launching his 300-pound frame frame over the car and onto the pavement.

The driver of the minivan did not stop, according to SI, but later returned to the scene.

She has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Bradley claimed he landed on his head, cracking his helmet, and began to panic as he struggled to move his limbs or even breathe.

He remembered asking himself, “Am I going to suffocate?”

‘Will I pass away gradually?’

Bradley’s size was almost a major issue for paramedics, who were worried they wouldn’t be able to fit him in the ambulance before closing the doors.

He was then taken to surgery and spent the rest of the day there…

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