“I am doing everything in my power to strengthen my mental health. I will fight for my team and Buckeye nation and I will come back stronger! If you are going through mental health issues, I have learned through this you are loved and valued. Thank you for the continuous love and support Buckeye Nation,” he wrote with a “heart” emoji at the end.
“Please respect my decision and my privacy,” he added with the hashtags, “#gobucks” and “buyckeyeforever.”
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann released a statement in support of Carton’s decision.
“D.J. remains a valued member of our program and we will continue to love and support him,” Holtmann said. “Please respect the family’s privacy in this matter.”
How long Carton might be out has not been addressed, though an Ohio State release indicated he will miss the Buckeyes’ home game against Indiana at noon Saturday.
Ohio State began the season with high expectations, in no small part because of a highly regarded recruiting class headlined by Carton, a four-star point guard from Bettendorf, Iowa.
The Buckeyes started 9-0 and were 11-1 heading into a Dec. 29 game against West Virginia.
They lost that one 67-59 and went 2-5 in January to enter February tied with Michigan for 11th in the Big Ten.
Mental health has become an increasingly talked about topic in society in recent years, particularly with young people and in sports.
At Ohio State, football coach Ryan Day and his wife Christina have put their name to a fund for pediatric and adolescent mental wellness at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.
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Ohio State defense tackle Robert "BB" Landers, a Wayne High School graduate, also inserted himself into the discussion over the past two years when he opened up about his own mental health struggles.
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By Monday morning, Carton’s tweet already had over 21,000 likes, and numerous people identifying themselves as fans of other Big Ten schools had chimed in with replies expressing their support.