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Agassi admits using crystal meth and lying to ATP
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Posted on 10/28/2009 7:08:35 AM PDT by mlizzy

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LONDON — Eight-times grand slam winner Andre Agassi has admitted using the recreational drug crystal meth and lying to men's governing body the ATP to escape a ban.

In his book, serialised in The Times, the American candidly describes being introduced to the drug in 1997 by his assistant when his game was in freefall and he was having doubts about his impending marriage to actress Brooke Shields.

"Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I've just crossed," Agassi, now 39, was quoted as saying.

"There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I've never felt so alive, so hopeful -- and I've never felt such energy."

Agassi, who won Wimbledon in 1992 as a long-haired rebel before claiming the U.S. Open in 1994 and the Australian Open in 1995, fell outside the top 100 in the world at the end of 1997 when he was hampered by a wrist injury.

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KEYWORDS: agassi; crystalmeth; sports; tennis
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Discouraging. He was one of my favorite tennis players, along with his wife, Steffi Graf.
1 posted on 10/28/2009 7:08:35 AM PDT by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy
His book revelation won't top Mackenzie Phillips though.
2 posted on 10/28/2009 7:11:40 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: mlizzy

It’s beginning to look like pro wrestling is the most honest of all pro sports.


3 posted on 10/28/2009 7:11:43 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: mlizzy
using the recreational drug crystal meth

Meth is hardly recreational.

4 posted on 10/28/2009 7:11:59 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: mlizzy
Wow. There really is no upper income limit to white trash, is there?

I've always been for a total end on the drug war, even coke and heroin, but a synthetic like meth is realy, really dangerous.

5 posted on 10/28/2009 7:12:38 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: mlizzy

Darn shame. I hope he also DISCOURAGED the use of drugs in this book. I hope he no longer using period.


6 posted on 10/28/2009 7:13:50 AM PDT by Infidel Heather (In God I trust, not the Government.)
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To: Daveinyork
You mean pro wrasslin'!
7 posted on 10/28/2009 7:18:05 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: mlizzy
recreational drug crystal meth

Kinda like walking through North Philly at night is a recreational stroll...

8 posted on 10/28/2009 7:18:46 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: domenad

Yeah, the “boo-hoo-hoo” factor for a guy who was a multimillionare and getting ready to marry Brook Sheilds?

Gee whiz, it just ain’t there for me.

This guy had no reason to be getting into this stuff; it’s adolescent and irresponsible, and it seems to me that the way it has been presented does not seeem particularly contrite. I bet it will sell a few more units though!

Based on this account, it would seem that he practically encourages this kind of behavior? He don’t seem real sorry about it.

Maybe I need to see a larger piece of the book, which I am sure will do well! I wouldn’t even bother checking it out of the library.


9 posted on 10/28/2009 7:19:23 AM PDT by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: BallyBill

That Mackenzie Phillips story sounds like a crock to me. Seriously, would anyone care about Mackenzie Phillip’s biography if not for that claim? It’s becoming so cliche now that every story has to have some sort of astonishing catch to draw reader’s interest. Jerome Bettis did it when he claimed he faked an injury to keep from getting cut, Mackenzie Phillip’s claim, and now Agassi. It’s sad.


10 posted on 10/28/2009 7:19:32 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Everybody says they have a plan, until they get punched in the face. - Mike Tyson)
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To: mlizzy
Discouraging. He was one of my favorite tennis players, along with his wife, Steffi Graf.

Steffi is more than OK but being married to Brook Shields? What was he thinking. She's not an awful person but she looks like one who wants to dominate a relationship due to being five years older than him. Plus she is not so feminine as Steffi

The Sheilds marriage dragged down his game to the point where he would take meth

11 posted on 10/28/2009 7:20:57 AM PDT by dennisw (Obama -- our very own loopy, leftist god-thing.)
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To: mlizzy

Isn’t this the guy that Barbara Striesand once gushed about as being some kind of ‘greek god’?


12 posted on 10/28/2009 7:22:22 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Food Stamps!)
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To: Infidel Heather
Darn shame. I hope he also DISCOURAGED the use of drugs in this book. I hope he no longer using period.

This news hit me like a ton of bricks ... I would hope as well that he does discourage drug use ... my guess is that he does ...

Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
13 posted on 10/28/2009 7:22:38 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Why yes. I remember Pete Sampras being on Leno or Letterman doing her “Andre! Andre!” impression after Pete beat him in the Wimbeldon finals.


14 posted on 10/28/2009 7:27:01 AM PDT by PrincessB (The comments written under this section shall not be treated as comments)
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To: mlizzy

As long as they’re not operating a motor vehicle or otherwise in a position to put the public in jeopardy I don’t really care what any adult want’s to do with their own body. If he did enough meth then it simply creates a vacuum that some athlete not willing to contaminate his or her own body can step into.


15 posted on 10/28/2009 7:28:04 AM PDT by The Duke ("Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Party?")
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To: reagan_fanatic
Isn’t this the guy that Barbara Striesand once gushed about as being some kind of ‘greek god’?



I think they were seeing each other for a short period of time.
16 posted on 10/28/2009 7:29:15 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: dennisw
Steffi is more than OK but being married to Brook Shields? What was he thinking ... The Sheilds marriage dragged down his game to the point where he would take meth

Yes, I think many thought the same thing at the time.

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Andre Agassi and his wife, Steffi Graf
17 posted on 10/28/2009 7:34:50 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: mlizzy
gee, the ATP gives Agassi a pass on crystal meth while guys doing testosterone get the boot with no appeal. Heck you can't even use a decongestant like Sinutab cause it is detected as amphetamines in urine tests. Same with anti inflammatory use of steroids because of the stupid rules regulating "drug" use.

I guess some animals are more equal than others.

I wonder when the Balco case will or might involve some female tennis players? I wonder what would happen then?

18 posted on 10/28/2009 7:36:28 AM PDT by erman (Give a man a fire, warm him for one night. Set a man on fire, warm him for the rest of his life.)
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To: mlizzy

Alcohol and pot are ‘recreational’ drugs, but meth? good grief!!


19 posted on 10/28/2009 7:42:40 AM PDT by sweet_diane (Joe Wilson should not apologize TO the members of the House...he should apologize FOR them!)
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To: mlizzy

Hope he photographed it with a Canon!


20 posted on 10/28/2009 7:50:27 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: erman
gee, the ATP gives Agassi a pass on crystal meth while guys doing testosterone get the boot with no appeal.

"He [Andre] described how he concocted a story that he had accidentally drunk a soda spiked with crystal meth belonging to his drug-user assistant, known as Slim."

Yes, when I read that, I could only think that Andre was so good for the game of tennis (and he was), that the ATP let this slip by or that they actually believed him? -- is that even possible? So seeing what the ATP has to say about this will be interesting.
21 posted on 10/28/2009 7:53:19 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: mlizzy

I dislike more that he used the fear-of-marriage excuse than that he used the drug. Up to that moment, I thought Agassi was a gentleman. yuk


22 posted on 10/28/2009 7:59:29 AM PDT by Havisham
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To: reagan_fanatic
Isn’t this the guy that Barbara Striesand once gushed about as being some kind of ‘greek god’?

Yes...something about ...linear beyond his years"

It was such an insipid remarks, that I've remembered it all through these years.

23 posted on 10/28/2009 8:03:45 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen ("All that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.")
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To: reagan_fanatic
I was curious and researched the Streisand quote...
breathless quote from Barbra Streisand, describing tennis star Andre Agassi:

"He's very, very intelligent; very, very, sensitive, very evolved; more than his linear years. ... He plays like a Zen master. It's very in the moment."


24 posted on 10/28/2009 8:14:48 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen ("All that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.")
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To: mlizzy

He must have been on drugs to bed BS.


25 posted on 10/28/2009 8:17:22 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Stand Watch Listen
"He's very, very intelligent; very, very, sensitive, very evolved; more than his linear years. ... He plays like a Zen master. It's very in the moment."

Translation: He has a big you-know-what.

26 posted on 10/28/2009 8:17:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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He must have been on drugs to bed BS.

Even Keith Richards couldn't handle the amount of drugs it would take for me to even consider that.

27 posted on 10/28/2009 8:18:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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maybe he was on meth when he first looked at graf and thought she was hot. i know i would have to be.


28 posted on 10/28/2009 8:19:30 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Puppage

....meth is hardly recreational...

Right you are. Unless playing russian roulette with a pistol is recreational shooting.


29 posted on 10/28/2009 8:21:56 AM PDT by mono
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To: Stand Watch Listen

I don’t care what Agassi decides to put into his own body. It sounds like, from every account I’ve seen, that he did it once, got caught and never used again. The real revelation, to me, was that the ATP gave him a pass on a failed drug test based on the “it was somebody else’s” excuse. That’s a shocking level of hush-up that goes to the highest levels of the ATP. Could you imagine ANY athlete getting a similar pass in today’s drug-plagued sports world?

Agassi is still a champion and it makes you see how much damage he really did to himself and why it was so easy for him to come back and win the French in ‘99 once he was healthy. You do wonder how much greater Agassi would’ve been - we’re talking Federer-level greatness - if he’d simply worked harder when he was younger and kept away from distractions such as the meth, Brooke Shields and all his “image is everything” ads.


30 posted on 10/28/2009 8:23:47 AM PDT by jyoders19
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Thanks for looking that up. I could have sworn she referred to him at one point as a ‘greek god’. My memory must be faulty.


31 posted on 10/28/2009 8:23:56 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Food Stamps!)
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To: dfwgator
Translation: He has a big you-know-what.

Bingo. And terrible eyesight.


32 posted on 10/28/2009 8:24:59 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Food Stamps!)
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To: mlizzy

Thanks much..... I didn’t know that was a general feeling with others. Brook Shields lives a pretty straight life which I respect, but she was simply unsuitable for Aggasis and vis versa


33 posted on 10/28/2009 8:25:48 AM PDT by dennisw (Obama -- our very own loopy, leftist god-thing.)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Thanks...that jarred my memory. How flaky. BS was obviously in lust/love and was getting serviced by Andre Agassi


34 posted on 10/28/2009 8:27:56 AM PDT by dennisw (Obama -- our very own loopy, leftist god-thing.)
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To: mlizzy
Agassi's father was an Iranian of Armenian and Assyrian ethnicity. The father represented Iran in the '48 and '52 Olympics as a member of the Iranian boxing team.

Leni

35 posted on 10/28/2009 8:28:29 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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maybe he was on meth when he first looked at graf and thought she was hot. i know i would have to be.

Not a Graf fan, eh? Maybe Andre initially admired her fitness. She certainly was and still is, fit. And I rather like the fact she never de-sized her nose. Certainly, it seems, she could have.


36 posted on 10/28/2009 8:36:27 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: mlizzy

I thought Steffi was cute, if not “hot.”


37 posted on 10/28/2009 8:39:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mlizzy

recreational drug crystal meth


LOL

Funny I have never heard the phrase “did crystal meth like a gentleman”.


38 posted on 10/28/2009 8:39:29 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Isn’t this the guy that Barbara Striesand once gushed about as being some kind of ‘greek god’?

Geez, I went and found the picture, but then didn't answer the question. Happy to see other FReepers are on the ball ...
39 posted on 10/28/2009 8:40:51 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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I thought Steffi was cute, if not “hot.”

She was dolled up for some photographs to prove she was beautiful by today's standards, but she was all business on the court, and it was hard to not respect her for that. When spoken to, she seemed humble, even shy. Very much different from a few of the girls in tennis today. Serena Williams still drives me bonkers for example.
40 posted on 10/28/2009 8:52:48 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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Hope he photographed it with a Canon!

Funny! I remember those ads...
41 posted on 10/28/2009 8:57:37 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: mlizzy
if fitnes was the benchmark, then i might have chosen to stay with brooke shields. she's no slouch.

but to each their own. andre and steff's kids are certainly going to be ridiculous athletes.

42 posted on 10/28/2009 8:59:50 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: newfreep; Daveinyork

But at least we can be comforted in knowing that Roller Derby is real...


43 posted on 10/28/2009 9:10:50 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Mmm mmm mmm - Barack Hussein Obama (repeat endlessly))
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To: incredulous joe
This guy had no reason to be getting into this stuff; it’s adolescent and irresponsible ...

Agassi has always been an overly emotional type. Starts crying on camera, etc. In that regard, he reminds me of Beck. And, of course, Beck was into some pretty negative stuff himself at one point. So there's a chance that Agassi just wants to move forward and he literally can't or it's too uncomfortable to continue to do so with this huge cloud over him. He and his wife do a lot through their foundation for kids.
44 posted on 10/28/2009 9:14:48 AM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: Puppage
Meth is hardly recreational.

It was for Agassi. It made him feel good, and later he dropped it.

It didn't override his free will.

45 posted on 10/28/2009 11:31:29 AM PDT by secretagent
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It didn't override his free will

Says WHO?

If meth is recreation, then so is heroin.

It made him feel good, and later he dropped it

So, THAT'S what makes it recreational, hmm? I know plenty of ex-heroin addicts that say the very same thing, so I guess that was recreational, too?

46 posted on 10/28/2009 11:41:42 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

Agassi decided to stop taking meth, thus demonstrating his free will to do so.

Heroin does provide recreation for most users - it feels good, at least at first. Most don’t take it as medication.

Heroin users also prove their free will to use or not use heroin, by quitting heroin use.

Probably most illegal drug use falls into the “feels good” category.


47 posted on 10/28/2009 5:35:56 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: mlizzy

Sounds as though you have got a lot of excuses for Andre.

I hope that he’s got his act together.

I don’t care how foundations he’s got going, crystal meth is not a “recreational drug”. It is poison and it ain’t cool!


48 posted on 10/28/2009 8:35:26 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: secretagent
Heroin does provide recreation for most users - it feels good, at least at first.

As a person in recovery for 13yrs, I can tell you that really don't know what you're talking about.

49 posted on 10/29/2009 3:45:21 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

Do you mean that heroin doesn’t feel good, at least at first?

When you say that I don’t know what I’m talking about, is that it?


50 posted on 10/29/2009 7:27:38 AM PDT by secretagent
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