Ex-NFL quarterback Erik Kramer attempted to commit suicide by self-inflicted gunshot on Tuesday night, according to law enforcement and his ex-wife. Kramer, 50, survived the attempt and is currently hospitalized.
Kramer’s ex-wife, Marshawn, spoke to NBC News and claimed that the suicide attempt was a result of Kramer’s ongoing depression, which she credits with his time spent in the NFL. From NBC:
“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn Kramer said in a telephone interview. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”
Marshawn and Erik Kramer officially divorced in 2010, after years of problems caused by Erik’s depression, she said. “I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury,” she said. It was an amicable split, she said, and they live in the same California city, not far from each other.
A law enforcement source told NBC that Kramer’s injuries are not life-threatening, but Kramer’s sister told the news organization that his gunshot wound is more serious than the cops are letting on.