Former Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself Tuesday night in a failed suicide attempt authorities and his ex-wife said Wednesday.
Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies responded to a welfare check at a Calabasas motel at 8 p.m. to find Kramer with a gunshot wound described as not life-threatening.
Marshawn Kramer, the quarterback’s former spouse, told NBC News that she feels Kramer’s ongoing battle with depression was brought on by his time in the NFL.
“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn Kramer told NBC News. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”
She says that head injuries suffered by Kramer during his career have compounded his depression since his playing days ended, leading to their divorce. “I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury,” she said.
The couple’s oldest son died in 2011 from a drug overdose. The couple has another son still in high school.
Marshawn Kramer told NBC News that the former quarterback is a wonderful father.
“He’s such a good dad and he would not do this to his son,” she said. “This is brain injury.”