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January 15, 2014

Kenny Miles issues statement: I tried to take my life

Former USC running back Kenny Miles released a statement Wednesday through his attorney, Neal Lourie, encouraging those suffering from depression to get help.

Former USC running back Kenny Miles released a statement Wednesday through his attorney, Neal Lourie, encouraging those suffering from depression to get help.

“In the months leading up to November, I struggled with a sudden onset of deep depression. On November 4, I did indeed attempt to take my own life. After the incident, I was professionally diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety. This illness can be caused by a number of factors. Thankfully, I am receiving the proper treatment at this time.

“I encourage anyone who thinks they may be having signs of depression or may know of someone showing signs to seek help immediately. I thank God for His Grace and for blessing me with great family, friends and fans that have been my support system throughout this ordeal.

“As I continue to heal both physically and mentally, I would ask that you allow me and my family the time and space to do so. Lastly, please know and understand that this is not my demise, but just a small bump on my road to success.

“Thank you for your continue prayers and God Bless.”

Miles was charged with giving false information to law enforcement officers and after posting bond was allowed him to return to Georgia to live with his parents and travel to South Carolina for physical rehabilitation.

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