NBA star Kevin Love is spreading mental health awareness after opening up about his own struggles.
The Cleveland Cavaliers player is trying to redefine masculinity in the mental health community.
“It took me a while ‘cause, at first, I wanted to hide it. Because it was — I looked at it like anybody did, as a sign of weakness, how are my teammates gonna look at me? How are the people in my life gonna look at me?” he explained. “But I kind of live by this quote that only by admitting who we are, do we get what we want.”
In November 2017, Love suffered a panic attack during a game. He later revealed his struggles in an essay for The Players’ Tribune in March.
“I had my first panic attack and realized there was, you know, something to it where I had to look in the mirror and realize, hey, this is a problem that I have,” he stated.
Love never thought he’d become the NBA’s face for mental health awareness but he’s received a ton of support from the NBA since. He is now championing his mission through Locker Room Talk, a new video series he launched with Schick Hydro where he talks with fellow athletes on the evolving definition of masculinity.