Darren Collison was looking at an eight-figure contract this offseason but instead decided to retire from NBA basketball to dedicate himself to his religion.
“While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith, I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched. With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA.”
Collison earned around 43 million during his 10 year NBA career, and while he could’ve almost doubled that with his next contract, it’s still more than enough to live a comfortable life.
He intends to dedicate himself to those less fortunate and spending more time in ministry in his Jehovah’s Witnesses faith. Collison isn’t the first athlete to walk away from money on the table for his religion, but it always comes as a surprise. Religion is something personal and we usually learn how religions someone is when they do act like these.
Collison thanked his former teammates, teams, he played for and his agent for helping him in having a successful career in basketball. He saved special words for his wife and thanked her for all the support she gave him and his family while he was playing.
That would be one religious ring on the door I think I would answer. All the best to Darren and his family. Indiana will miss him.