KEITH: (slurring)I’ve combined feelings about draft day. It’s very vif-, tough to recollect element of a element
KEITH: I went in with a foul leg, and I got here out worse than ever, and if I knew what I knew at present, I wouldn’t have performed it.
KEITH: the NFL th-, they know what they gonna do earlier than they do it. They’re very effectively organized, it simply it’s like uh, organized crime
KEITH: and since I had a giant wage, I used to be pressured to play. I used to be pressured to be on the sphere, and that, and any-, by any means vital get McCants on the sphere. Folks come see him play. We don’t pay him to sit down on the bench, not that sort of cash.
KEITH: My expectations, at twenty-one years previous, was to get on the sphere and show that I ought to have been the primary decide.
KEITH: If I used to be bodily in a position to do it, it might have been no drawback, however I did it with the assistance of treatment
KEITH: fter having surgical procedure and being pressured to be on the market earlier than my time, it bought worse and worse.. it bought worse and worse. Then the ache tablets begin kickin’ in-, then the ache treatment(?) began kickin’ in, then the photographs began coming.
KEITH: I turned and addict, I turned a junkie.
KEITH: . I didn’t do as great-,, nearly as good as I shoulda’ performed within the NFL, however I did fairly good-, I did fairly rattling good
KEITH: some folks say I used to be a bust. Nicely, I play that, I play out of the place, and I did it effectively, and on high of that I did it on one leg.
KEITH: however that’s after I had a breaking level, and after I jumped off the boat, shattered my knee and couldn’t um-, bodily, I couldn’t now not work or, maintain a job. My physique had deteriorated. I didn’t, that I do know it was degenerative bone illness,
KEITH: and fifteen surgical procedures on this knee, 4 over right here, and (Sigh), and you understand (Unclear) the, the dangerous days and good days. That’s when the despair set in and despair is the third largest killer on the earth. I got here house (exhausting to know) suicide and couldn’t be trusted.
KEITH: in that mind-set, I used to be misplaced. I used to be-, I didn’t know who Keith McCants was. I n-, by no means know I existed. If Keith McCants was not vital, I used to be only a human being on the earth, attempting to, suppose of-, attempting to make it to the subsequent day. Questioning what I’m gonna eat, questioning what I’m gonna do, questioning the place I’m gonna get my subsequent excessive, that is what Keith McCants was.
KEITH: Iwas plastered everywhere in the nationwide tv – Keith McCants smoke crack pipe in entrance of the police, Keith McCants pimping soliciting prostitutes, Keith McCants getting arrested once more.
KEITH: , I’m not an excellent felony. (Laughs) I’m not an actual felony. I simply (Unclear) to suppress my ache, and doubtless get me-, get-, get me via the day, so I’m gonna go on and do all this. I’d have purchased medicine from the police, it didn’t matter I used to be in a lot ache.
KEITH: my momma left on her dying mattress, I used to be locked up in jail, 2011, June 1st. I used to be locked up, I couldn’t get out, she died June the first, I bought
out June third.
KEITH: however I’m uh inform you a narrative. Once I was in Alabama jail jail, folks don’t even re-, understand it, folks don’t even know, I used to be in jail jail. I hung myself,
KEITH: as a result of I knew it was gonna harm my household. I didn’t need to have the ability to stay with the ache. You already know after I say-, after I say you cowl the ache up, I’d reasonably be lifeless that to undergo this. I took my mattress off, I tied it up on the-, on the rack, I put it round my neck and I hung myself. (Audio will get muffled as he demonstrates) I fell down unconsciously. Three weeks later I went to a (Unclear) restoration. Two, three weeks later, and this man, was up there. He stated, Mr. McCants you owe me a hug. I thought he was only a common previous Alabama fan. I stated OK I bought ya. I say OK I feel I do know you. He stated you don’t know me. I used to be like, OK, uh, uh I feel I do know-, after I bought to him, I hugged him, he hugged actual tight, and he stated um, now I’ll inform you the place I do know you-, you understand me from. I’m the one who took you down if you hung your self, and I prayed to god that you just lived, and also you rose up. (Choked up),