The former NBA star — who spent several weeks in hospital after collapsing in a brothel in October 2015 — and his professional partner Peta Murgatroyd, were voted off the competition on Monday, October 7, 2019. He admitted afterward he’d struggled far more on the show than viewers may have realized.
He said: “I think from my accident. My cognitive memory … just memorizing the dance routine was difficult at times, but I felt like I got better every week. It’s so crazy because I felt like this was my best dance tonight.”
Murgatroyd — who wept after being voted off — added: “You get to see like, a one-minute package before we dance every week, and so much work and hours go in behind it that people don’t really get to see. It’s emotional because I see him every day — I’m with him for at least four hours a day, and to know the work he’s put in behind it, I was just really super proud of him.”
While the 39-year-old star would have liked to progress further in the competition, he’s keeping a positive attitude and focusing on his other work.
He spoke with “Entertainment Tonight,” offering: “I feel all right. I feel good. The sun will shine tomorrow. I’ll wake up, work out, move forward.
“It means a lot, especially when I see Peta crying, my sister here.
“I would [have] liked to move on, but since it didn’t happen, now I can just move on to other things in my life. Public speaking, telling people my story and I figure I can change lives doing that.”
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