It is said that business and pleasure are like oil and water, they never mix. Unfortunately there are sports personalities who thought the saying is a lie. They forgot why it was so important to be disciplined in their field and eventually lost control to drugs. That did not only see the end of their careers but for others it also cost them their lives.
1. Michael Phelps
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg’s after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana.
2. Dock Ellis
Known for keeping the San Diego Padres hitless one 1970 afternoon, pitcher Dock Ellis later admitted to having taken LSD earlier that day. He even thought he was pitching to Jimi Hendrix, who was prepared to hit the ball with his guitar.
3. Derek Boogaard
NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol led to his May 2011 death.
There are those who never popped a bill or smoked some weed. All they did is like their beer too much. They are remembered as some of the greatest in their respective fields but they loved the liquor more so they drunk their career away.
Ruth also loved to smoke, not so much “puff, puff pass,” more the cigar type. Nonetheless, Ruth treated his body with absolute reckless abandon and that’s the kind of athlete we put in our Hall of Fame. Babe was one of the greats, he most notably held the record for career home runs at one point, but there’s no denying his alcoholic abuse, and this was during prohibition no less. Yes he is the Greatest Hard-Drinking Athlete of All Time.
Former New York Yankee manager Billy Martin is infamous for a lot of things. He was notorious for his fights with players like Reggie Jackson, his classic arguments with umpires, and his constant battles with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Many in the New York media speculated whether Martin’s fiery personality was fueled by alcohol and many in the public naturally believed this. Martin’s drinking habits were notorious and unfortunately alcohol played a role in his death, as he died in a car crash where the driver, William Reedy, was found to have been drunk.
Apart from consuming illegal substances or alcohol, some sports personalities have gone as far as getting entangled by the law. Some of them chocked people; others bet their spouses while others punched motorists.
Delmon Young is at it again. Young, who played last season for the Baltimore Orioles, is accused of choking a valet attendant in a hate-filled, drunken attack, Miami police said on Feb. 7, 2016— an arrest that parallels a 2012 incident involving the baseball player.
Former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested in Hawai’i for allegedly assaulting his wife inside their Maui hotel room on Halloween.
Haynes McGinley, a 20-year-old Syracuse lacross player, was arrested in March of 2015 for allegedly punching a 29-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman in the face after McGinley tried to enter the woman’s vehicle. McGinley was suspended indefinitely by Syracuse following his arrest.