Kysre Gondrezick is speaking out after she missed the second half of the WNBA season.
In a personal message on Twitter on Monday, Gondrezick revealed that, after her father passed away in early January at the age of 57, she struggled with her mental health and lost sight of “the fun in the game.”
“The pressure began to mount for what I considered my job as a facet of grieving,” she wrote. “I wasn’t present to the idea of efficiently knowing how to cope. I was so happy and proud of reaching one of my personal goals of playing in the WNBA, yet I lost sight of his presence, my focus, and ultimately, the fun in the game.”
🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/Nq87fKGQPH— Kysre Gondrezick (@KysreRae) November 22, 2021
The Indiana Fever selected Gondrezick fourth overall in the 2021 WNBA Draft. She played in 19 games during her rookie season, averaging 1.9 points in 9.1 minutes. Her last game with the Fever came on July 11.
The guard realized during the Olympic break that she needed to take a step back in order to seek help for mental imbalances that she said “couldn’t allow me to find joy in rest and recovery.”
“Instead, I didn’t know how to be still, and I didn’t have enough strength to get up,” wrote the 24-year-old.
Gondrezick added that she immediately sought help and has worked on prioritizing her mental health over the past five months.
“I have done a lot of inner work with the understanding that the process will and forever continue,” she wrote. “Today, I am better as a person and am absolutely comfortable in my own skin. I have given myself grace in making my own choices, free of judgement and without guilt over what is best for me.
“Thank you to everyone for your support, thoughts and prayers. It has not gone unnoticed.”
The Fever finished last in the WNBA in 2021 with a record of 6-26, missing out on the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.