San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV took to Instagram on Thursday to disclose his private struggles with a previous of sexual assault.
Walker talks about his hair journey beginning in 7th grade with a Mohawk, then dying the Mohawk purple, then reducing it right into a flattop and past. Throughout his time with the Spurs, Walker’s hair has grown longer and longer, ultimately making a tall loc-like type.
“The actual fact as to why I began doing this early fifth grade, it was a cloaking machine for me,” Walker states within the accompanying Instagram submit.
“I used to be sexually harassed, raped, abused,” Walker states later.
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The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”….. because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾
He explains how his hair grew to become a method of management and confidence. Within the submit, Lonnie Walker additionally particulars how the results of being on lockdown through the coronavirus outbreak has helped him face a few of his “demons.”
“Me reducing my hair was greater than a lower. My hair was a masks of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t prepared for,” Walker says close to the tip of the submit.
He ends the submit saying he’s in a greater psychological area however is continuous to develop by means of it and encourages others to attempt to do the identical.
Walker just isn’t the one Spurs participant to show private vulnerability about psychological well being. Guard DeMar DeRozan has additionally joined the dialog on psychological well being, describing his expertise with melancholy, in addition to a number of different NBA gamers all through latest years.