In January 1994, police found Wright at a highway rest area west of Salt Lake City, banging garbage cans and smashing in car windows.
After the season with Jazz finished, he entered a mental institution. Still during his NBA stint, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and left the team. In 1996, he was released from a psychiatric hospital after a 30-day admission. Under his contract agreement with the Jazz, Wright was to be paid US$153,000 per year for 25 full years.