Houston Rockets sharpshooter Ryan Anderson has found success on the court and now happiness off it. The 28-year-old power forward proposed to his girlfriend Kari Klinkenborg over the All-Star break during a surprise trip to Mexico.
For any NBA player, this would be a joyous occasion, but it must be an especially emotional time for Anderson. In 2013, he tragically lost his then-girlfriend Gia Allemand, a contestant on the “Bachelor,” to suicide following a battle with depression.
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Anderson became an advocate for suicide prevention shortly after Allemand’s death.
“I’ve been given a platform in the NBA,” Anderson told Sports Illustrated in 2014. “I know when I’m done playing, people aren’t going to really care about me, the way I shot three-pointers. But during this time when I have a voice, I think it’s really important for me to talk about it. People need to put a face to [suicide prevention and survival], and I’m O.K. being that face. I’m not overjoyed that I have to talk about the most painful experience of my life, but either I become that face or I tuck [myself] away in a corner and I let this rule over me.”
Anderson’s journey hasn’t been easy, but he’s found happiness again.