Bill Walton Regrets Not Helping Junior Seau, Sad He ‘Wasn’t There to Tell Junior Not to Give Up’

by abournenesn

May 8, 2012

Football players weren’t the only people to take Junior Seau‘s death hard last week, as one Basketball Hall of Famer took it very hard and personal, too.

Bill Walton told U-T San Diego that he was “ashamed” and “embarrassed” that he wasn’t there to tell Seau “not to give up.”

“When I think of the tragic scenario of last week, I only wish I could have done more. I talk to people every day,” Walton said. “‘You can make it.’ I spend a lot of time talking people back from the brink, from the end of the cliff. It’s a duty, a responsibility I have. ‘There is an alternative.’ I now know tomorrow is going to be better.

“I could never get from Junior that there was pain. He never portrayed that to me. I have failed Junior; I have let him down,” he added. “But, oh, my gosh, I can tell you that people called me every day trying to help. I’d hang up on them. I didn’t want to talk. I turned my back on them. I know now there is a way out; a space. But on the outside, you never saw that something was different with Junior. Now he’s gone, and I am sad I didn’t help.”

Walton considered suicide between 2007-09, when he had paralyzing back pain, that was relieved by “miracle surgery.”

“I was right there . If I had a gun, I would have used it. I was on the edge of the bridge, seeing if it was high enough and the ground was hard enough. The difference was that Junior wasn’t lying there helpless. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t bathe, I couldn’t walk; I couldn’t do anything.”

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