On Monday morning, just one day before the American League wild-card game, New York Yankees pitcher, CC Sabathia, announced that he was checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center.
But CC, who says he wants his “kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help,” is not the only current or former star athlete to check into a treatment center.
Here are 15 sports stars that have received treatment for substance abuse.
Darryl Strawberry, most known for his time with the New York Mets and the New York Yankees, has had a troubled past. From enduring cancer to being arrested on more than one occasion, one of the former athlete’s most notable woes was his substance abuse.
In March of 2000, Strawberry checked into a rehab facility in Florida to get treatment. The MLB player wrote a lengthy statement to fans that read:
”While I regret that I cannot say this in person, I do want to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the many people who have provided me with support through this most difficult time for me and my family. My teammates, Joe Torre, the Yankee organization and, of course, Mr. Steinbrenner, as well as my doctors and the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence, have provided a bedrock of love, understanding and hope beyond which I could have never imagined.”
”I also want to say to the fans everywhere, many of whom I certainly understand are disappointed and perhaps even angry at me, I will work every day of my life to restore the belief you have had in me.”
Darryl was also admitted to facilities in 1990 and 1994.
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