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Breaking Silence: Former NBA Player Keyon Dooling Is Speaking Up About Sexual Abuse

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Keyon Dooling spent 13 years in the NBA contributing his talents to the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, and Memphis Grizzlies, demonstrating a longevity the majority of players aren’t lucky to have. But for almost twice that time, the 34-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Florida native was hiding something that plagued his life since his childhood.

In 2012, while expected to start a new season with the Boston Celtics, Dooling found himself in a psychiatric hospital dealing with post traumatic stress disorder from being sexually abused by an older boy in his neighborhood when Dooling was around only seven or eight years old. He had stayed silent about the abuse until he was 32 years old, and it appeared the effects would end his career for good.

Dooling returned briefly to play several games with the Grizzlies at the end of the 2012-13 season, but then retired, turning his focus to beating the impact of his own sexual abuse and helping other victims. In 2013 he founded the Respect Foundation to provide support and resources for victims of sexual abuse and last month he released a book titled What’s Driving You???in which he details the story of his abuse and how it affected his life and relationships going forward.

I sat down and spoke with Dooling as he shed some light on his own abuse, the challenges he and others affected by sexual abuse face, and shared his advice for ameliorating the issue. We also talked a little basketball as well. Check out the exclusive interview after the jump.

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Millrose Games: The Next Generation Shines in the Historic Track & Field Competition

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The Olympics often turn us into engaged spectators of sports we never once turned the channel to or checked the standings of during the four years between the Games. While the Winter Olympics currently may have you talking about alpine skiing or speed skating for the first time in four years, or ever in your life, 2words The Top sports columnist Evan Fallor visited one of the biggest events in between the Games for track & field, which will likely draw a bigger spotlight than usual during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The Millrose Games were held at the Fort Washington Armory in upper Manhattan in NYC Saturday, showcasing some of the world’s most elite track and field competition. The prestigious meet now in its 107th year, has been the stage for dozens of indoor records being broken and re-broken again.

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Kevin Durant: The Monster Month That Was For The MVP Front-Runner

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Yes, Kevin Durant’s streak of 12 straight games with at least 30 points ended in January 31’s blowout 120-95 victory over the Nets in which KD was taken out before the 3rd quarter horn, but he certainly wasn’t stopped by the opposition in that one, and his 26-point, 10-12 field goal shooting performance only added to his magnificence in the first month of 2014.

While many people spent January trying to follow through on their New Year’s resolutions for longer than two weeks, Kevin Durant spent it playing as if he was disgusted with the first few months of his MVP-caliber season and in need of new goals himself. If you pay attention to any sports outlet regularly, then you’ve probably heard Durant’s name night in and night out throughout January. But now that the month has passed us, let’s take a look at just how extraordinary he was during the first 31 days of 2014.

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Pro Bowl: The NFL’s All-Star Game Takes Back A Little Respect

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By Evan Fallor

The Pro Bowl has officially come and gone. Yes, the Sunday that most pigskin enthusiasts dread: the first without a meaningful NFL game in twenty weeks.

The Pro Bowl has become –and has been—the unwanted and belated Christmas present given to most of its elected players for quite some time now. And its January 26 game date allowed it to be outshined and outperformed by the all-stars of the recording industry during the Grammy Awards. Plus, the NBA strategically chose an afternoon-evening time slot for a national broadcast tripleheader, including a rematch of last year’s Finals teams and the return of two Celtic legends to Beantown.

So, Aloha to the 10.74 million folks who tuned in to the 64th episode of the “NFL’s Top Guns Playing a Pickup Game in Honolulu.”

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The Background: Key Players In Broncos-Patriots Matchup NOT at QB

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By Evan Fallor

Yes, Tom Brady can become the first NFL quarterback to make six Super Bowl appearances. Yes, Peyton Manning is looking to silence the peanut gallery about his ability (or lack thereof) to bode well in cold weather matchups. (Fortunately, the game-time forecast calls for a high near sixty degrees, so toss that clichéd storyline.)

These two soon-to-be Hall of Famers are undoubtedly the engines that drive their clubs, but who will be the wheels to take them to East Rutherford and Super Bowl 48?

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Brooklyn Nets: Coach Jason Kidd “Reassigns” Assistant Lawrence Frank After Differences

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Today ESPN reports that future Hall of Fame point guard and new coach of the Brooklyn Nets is “reassigning” assistant coach Lawrence Frank to a role where he won’t sit on the bench during games and have as much of an impact on decision making as in the past. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will fill in Frank’s spot. Apparently there’s been friction between Kidd and Frank, Kidd’s former head coach for four years, during the first month plus of the season that’s seen the Nets go 5-13.

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Uncle Drew: Kyrie Irving Makes Return As The Coolest OG Baller With Friends

 

Kyrie Irving dons makeup as he dresses as an old man and balls out with Nate Robinson and Maya Moore, each also packing on more than a couple years. This is part 3 of the Uncle Drew series with Pepsi Max. Enjoy.