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Preview Feature Doc On Trials & Tribulations Of Former WNBA Player Chamique Holdsclaw

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 16, 2013 12:41 PM
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From director Rick Goldsmith, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person at the Independent Film Week panel I moderated a month ago, comes a feature documentary (currently a work-in-progress) on former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist and Tennessee All-American basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw - a star athlete and public personality who was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar disorder after breaking the car windows and shooting into the vehicle belonging to another WNBA player and her then ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lacy, which Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to, resulting in three years' probation and a $3,000 fine. 


Goldsmith's upcoming documentary follows Holdsclaw, "from challenging beginnings to become the best women's basketball player on the planet, until manic depression and near suicide derailed her brilliant career."

The film, titled Mind Game, will also capture Holdsclaw's recovery as she speaks out openly about the disorder that almost killed her, shedding light on mental illness and helping to open up conversation on the subject.

"It's been like a mental prison because it was real uncharacteristic of me," Holdsclaw told ESPN in a June 2013 interview. "It was real uncharacteristic of me and everybody judging me from every different angle." 

She now runs her own basketball academy with camps nationwide, adding, "I hate that this situation occurred... I feel like I've hurt my family and also the victim's family, but it's been a great thing in helping me move forward. Now I'm on the right medication. I've been able to get the right treatment, and it's really improved my quality of life night and day." 

She now takes antidepressant medication and is in therapy once a week, all while maintaining a busy daily schedule that includes working with her foundation and traveling the country to promote awareness of mental health issues.

And even though she's been contacted by European teams who are interested in her playing for them, she's putting basketball on hold for now, stating, "I knew that I had to take care of myself... That's my first priority right now, even though I love the game."

To follow the progress of Goldsmith's project, visit mindgamefilm.org.

A promo for the upcoming film is embedded below:

CH-Carter3 from Rick Goldsmith on Vimeo.

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  • D.C.Kirkwood | October 16, 2013 2:43 PMReply

    Okay I have mixed feelings on this one. Im glad she's getting the help she needs. But it seems there were signs that she was spiraling out of control before it got this point. She should have stayed in contact with her physician and took a break from her sports career to get a handle on her mental issues. That's her responsibilty, no excuses. She should have taken more drastic steps to get her mental issues under control. I have a serious issue with someone breaking someone's car window and shooting at them. In my opinion that is attempted murder or aggravated assault whether your mentally ill or not. I think she got off with a slap on the wrist because of her basketball status. There are people locked up for a lot less. I don't wish jail on anyone, but let's be fair across the board for everyone. I think she should have atleast been put on house arrest for a year or two and required to wear a ankle bracelet. I think the best message you can send to your fans and is to take a proactive steps in monitoring your mental illness before you hurt yourself or someone else.

  • Troy | October 16, 2013 7:32 PM

    I agree she should have did time but her status haha. This isn't Steubenville or m
    Maryville, she had already fallen off and really wasn't a star in a league of talented women that very few are stars in. Don't tell female jocks picked on you in HS. Yes depressed people often say at the first sign of depression let me go get some help before I harm somebody. Are you against the man telling her story or just her not doing time. The story ain't about this on incident. It's her story. She actually retired on 07 and came back a few years later. She was not a household name by the time this happened. This happened in Ga nobody black gets off easy ask Troy Davis and Tichina Arnold's character that is the only women given the death penalty in the history of the state.

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