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Depression pushes Badgers’ top 2014 recruit to sit out season

Jaden Gault

It’s not a significant injury that will cost Wisconsin one of its top signees in its latest recruiting class. Instead, it’s something that was potentially far, far worse and exponentially more serious.

In an absolutely tremendous article by Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal earlier this week, Jaden Gault confirmed that he will not play for the Badgers in 2014. The reason, which the offensive lineman bravely and very publicly acknowledged, is quite simple: depression.

And, not “down in the dumps feeling dour” depression, mind you. No, this was depression at the bottom half of the “f it, end it all” spectrum.

“I was almost like a zombie,” Gault told the State Journal. “I was getting kind of hopeless. I didn’t feel like doing anything or being there at all. I just wanted to check out.

“I wanted to just be done with life. Being in that kind of stage, you really have no other options in your head at that time.”

Thankfully, Gault never got to the point where he was literally and irreversibly done with his life. Instead, Gault — a U.S. Army All-American who, along with running back Taiwan Deal and “athlete” Dareian Watkins, was the highest-rated member of UW’s 2014 class — got the help he needed after enrolling early with the intention of participating in spring practice. From the paper:

Gault was hospitalized as a precaution after having suicidal thoughts in early February, and again during the first week of March. At that point, he realized he needed to leave the UW football team temporarily and miss spring practice.

Along with his leave from the team, Gault also dropped two of his four spring classes, began working with a psychiatrist and a psychologist on a weekly basis and participated in an intensive, three-week outpatient care program that included group therapy and practice using coping strategies.

As expected, the football program is standing behind the player and will welcome him back to the team, if everything goes well and as planned, in January.

Again, I’d strongly recommend you take a couple of minutes and Galloway’s piece HERE. Trust me, it’ll be well worth your time.

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14 Responses to “Depression pushes Badgers’ top 2014 recruit to sit out season”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 11, 2014 10:40 AM

    Good for him that he got the help he needed before it was too late. That’s a real mature thing to do.

    Hopefully he gets back to a point where football can again bring some joy to his life.

  2. rolltide510 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:10 AM

    Glad to see a kid getting good support for this. As an O-lineman he was probably going to redshirt anyway, and he can come into spring fresh mentally and physically.

  3. scbaby2013 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:43 AM

    Hope he gets better soon

  4. jackvcr says: Jul 11, 2014 12:41 PM

    Who in the world leaves a negative vote on an article like this?! Depression is an insidious and misunderstood horrible disease. A pox on the negative voter.

    Kudos for you, young football player!!

  5. cheesetrader says: Jul 11, 2014 12:50 PM

    Very familiar with his high school program which won a state title last year. He’s a good kid by all measures who’s gone thru some tough times.

    Wishing him nothing but the best for his future regardless of whether or not it includes football.

  6. daveshingle says: Jul 11, 2014 11:53 PM

    Prob a concussions issue

  7. craigmaitland says: Jul 12, 2014 4:16 AM

    Get well man.

  8. bicyclebill2000 says: Jul 12, 2014 4:51 AM

    Just wonder if anyone involved with UW-Madison would have given a damb about the depression if he had been, say, a first-year math major instead of a highly valuable and marketable commodity like a football player.

  9. jman2020 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:20 AM

    White ppl problems

  10. stoicpaisano says: Jul 12, 2014 1:13 PM

    Break your leg, and you can tell. Break your brain, and it’s not so evident.

    – Woody Paige. He may be a troll, but he was spot on with this comment regarding depression. Kudos to Gault for seeking help before it is too late.

    White ppl problems
    Go F yourself. Three generations living off the taxpayers tit — black ppl problems. That ain’t gonna work no more once this influx of kids floods the WIC system.

  11. jman2020 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:05 PM

    Hey your ancestors brought us here so your mad or not?? Obliviously not bcuz if it wasnt from us tit suckin blacks you wouldnt have anything to watch fri thru sat nights .

  12. mtheparrothead says: Jul 12, 2014 9:31 PM

    My favorite shows on Tuesday. Congrats on those saggy tits.

  13. jman2020 says: Jul 13, 2014 1:35 PM

    I guess ur not a sports fan then cuz clearly we want be talkin bout this suicide risk kid for yrs to cum but contiue to root for those blacks

  14. realfootballfan says: Jul 14, 2014 1:47 AM

    Hope this young man can get him some help. Mental illness is nothing to joke around with.

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