Ohio State star guard D.J. Carton announces leave of absence
Ohio State starting guard D.J. Carton has announced he will be taking a leave of absence from the team to tend to a personal matter. He made a statement in a tweet on Thursday evening.
Carton, a freshman for the Buckeyes, is averaging 10.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game on the season. He arrived in Columbus this season as a four-star recruit.
According to his tweet, Carton says he has been suffering from mental health issues for years, and he’d like to step away from basketball to address it. In his statement, Carton also said he wanted to be transparent about his situation.
Below is was Carton wrote in a tweet:
After talking to my family, teammates, and coaches I have decided it is best at this time to temporarily step away from the Ohio State basketball program. In making this decision I felt it was important to be transparent as to why I’m taking this break. I have been suffering with mental health issues for a couple years. I have been through a lot. I’m disappointed to say I’m not 100% right now. I am not doing my teammates justice if I don’t work on this now. I am doing everything in my power to strengthen my mental health. I will fight for my team and buckeye nation and I will come back stronger! If you are going through mental health issues, I have learned through this you are loved and valued. Thank you for the continuous love and support buckeye nation. Please respect my decision and my privacy #gobucks #buckeyeforever
Love my team and Ohio❤️ pic.twitter.com/Sjb3C9sZbJ
— DJ Carton (@DJCarton) January 31, 2020
Right now, Carton still plans to return to the team, but he did not set a timeline on anything. Since the announcement, he has received plenty of support from his head coach, teammates and fans.
Ohio State hosts Indiana on Saturday.