Kenny Miles confirms suicide attempt in statement from attorney

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

The former Gamecock running back issued a statement through his attorney about the November incident that resulted in an upper body gunshot wound and charges of providing false information to police.

Kenny Miles confirmed on Wednesday that the self-inflicted gunshot that he suffered on Nov. 2 was the result of an attempted suicide, according to statement released by Miles through his attorney.

"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 became the third former South Carolina football player in the past four years to attempt suicide. Kenny McKinley and O.J. Murdock took their own lives via self inflicted gunshots in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Like McKinley, Miles was photographed in the stands at a South Carolina football game in the days preceding his suicide attempt and conveyed all the appearances of the happy, fun-loving young man that Gamecock fans knew and loved during his five years in Columbia.

Click here to learn about how you can volunteer or donate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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