After struggling to find peace and refusing to ask for help out of fear of being judged, he attempted suicide.
?I remember the night,? Sweetney told HoopsHype. ?We were in Cleveland one night and I just took a bunch of pain pills, hoping it would take me out. But I woke up the next morning thinking, ?Well, it didn?t work.? That?s how bad it was.
?I didn?t like basketball and I just didn?t like life at the time. I went from being a star at Georgetown and having my father at every game, to losing him and not even playing in the NBA. I knew I wasn?t going to be given a chance as a rookie because my coach told me, ?Hey, I?m not going to play you.? I had a lot of things going on that were rough for me to handle. I had dug myself into a really deep depression and, at that point, I was really scared to tell anybody. At that time, you had a guy like Ron Artest and people would just say, ?He?s crazy.? In reality, he just had some issues that could be resolved. But people were quick to call him crazy and I was suffering from something similar, so I didn?t want to tell anyone. Even after I tried to commit suicide, nobody really knew. I was suffering really bad. I was in New York, battling this while the media was writing articles about me, and I felt like I had nowhere to go. I just kept digging myself into a deeper hole of depression.?