Michael Beasley had it all. In 2008, he was the #2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, behind only Kevin Durant. Beasley had a troubled NBA career, despite a promising start. Michael made the NBA All-Rookie Team in 2009. Things were never quite right after that season.

Beasley bounced around from team to team and eventually became a star in the Chinese Basketball Association. Several incidents with police and various NBA drug policy issues later, Beasley called it a career in 2019. Michael Beasley’s story is now being told by the man who lived it.

Michael appeared on an emotional episode of The Pivot Podcast. During the appearance, Beasley fought to speak through tears. Waves of emotion overcame him as he described how his life led to isolation and mental health issues.

“I don’t know no one that ain’t stole from me. Everybody except for my kids stole from me.

Every step of the way, I asked for help.”

Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor all took a moment to intervene. They told Michael Beasley that living in solation from the world because he has been mistreated in the past isn’t the way to go. The group even offered to help the former NBA star any way they can.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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