After being accused of having an affair with a transsexual, Hank Baskett said he slipped into a deep depression.
It first began when he was released from the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. At that time, he said he “completely lost [his] identity.”
“For 20 years, my life was, ‘Catch the football! Catch the football!’” the former wide receiver lamented to ‘Us Weekly.’ Once his career came to an end, he “started holding everything in because [he] felt like no one could understand.”
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He slipped into a depression, and during that time, he says he was unable to open up to his wife, Kendra Wilkinson. After news of his alleged affair with a transsexual broke, he says his depression got even worse.
“I had trouble thinking of the right thing to say the right way, especially in a situation like this, where it’s your word against someone else’s,” he explained. “One wrong word and I could lose everything.”
When asked if he ever considered ending his own life, the father-of-two said, “There was a point where I felt that I couldn’t defend myself and there was no way for me to make it through this… But I realize there’s no way I could ever check out on my kids and my wife. I’m not a quitter.”
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And while emotions are still high — for both husband and wife — Hank swears he’s been honest in his marriage, and ultimately Kendra decided her husband was “worth forgiving.”
“All I can say is I believe Hank… He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and unfortunate things took place — he’s very gullible and naïve,” she said.