Rick DiPietro says he contemplated suicide (or perhaps he was kidding)

Mike Stobe

Rick DiPietro has had a rough career since signing a 15-year contract with the Islanders in 2005. At one point, he said in a recent interview, those struggles made him contemplate suicide.

I've made jokes at Rick DiPietro's expense over the years. God, I've made a lot of them. You have almost certainly made them, too.

And it's easy to forget that behind that goal mask and that massive contract, there's an actual human who's had a miserable, miserable career. That's something that carries over to his day-to-day life, undoubtedly, but it's really easy for us to brush it off. He makes millions! He's fine!

Well, no, he's not fine. DiPietro was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders last week, not long after he was harassed loudly by the Nassau Coliseum crowd during a game. Jokes were made then, jokes were still being made until ... well, today, when News 12 on Long Island sat down with the goalie for an exclusive interview.

It's yet to air, but reporter Kevin Maher has shared some of the details.

I feel awful. We should all feel awful. Sorry, Rick.

UPDATE! Maybe we shouldn't feel bad.

We should at least we should be more aware that hockey players are people and we shouldn't be *so* hard on them all the time, but ... well, kidding about suicide isn't cool. Sigh.

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