Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who was found dead in his home this week, had been depressed and told friends “he should just kill himself,” investigators said.
McKinley, 23, died on Monday of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide, Arapahoe County (Colorado) officials said.
“He had made statements while playing dominoes shortly after (knee) surgery that he should just kill himself,” said an investigator’s report issued by the Arapahoe County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office late on Tuesday.
“No one believed he was serious,” added the report.
McKinley had undergone season-ending knee surgery last month and that had left him depressed, the report said.
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“He had made statements that he didn’t know what he would do if he could not play football and that football was all he knew,” the sheriff’s report said.
The second-year player was found dead in the master bedroom of his Denver-area home.