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Monday, August 24th, 2009 at 1:05 pm  |  110 responses

Beasley Checks Into Rehab

Beasley’s troubles apparently are much bigger than Twitter. Wishes go to BEasy as he gets through this tough offseason: “Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley checked into an unidentified Houston rehabilitation hospital over the weekend, multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports. Sources said the Heat encouraged Beasley to check into the facility to address possible substance and psychological issues. He is expected to spend time with former NBA player and coach John Lucas, who is renown for his success in working with troubled players.”

(via TBL)

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  • albertBarr

    Get better BEasy…then come back and fulfill that potential.

  • Young Lebron 23

    for some reason i thought he smoked weed the first time i seen him

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I just heard of this on the radio. Hope he gets well soon.

  • Young Lebron 23

    he has a bright future and a lot of talent. hopefully it doesnt get wasted

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Whoa, looks like his issues were deeper than maturity. Hopefully he gets the help he needs.

  • rog123

    This time last year I seriously thought the bulls messed up by not picking b-easy, and thought the heat were a force (wade, beasely, marion). Oh how long ago that was

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Wtf. I wonder if charles oakley was right.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    No wonder why Riley was considering trading him.

  • tavoris

    I’m glad he’s getting the help he needs.

  • Tommy Patron

    Best wishes to Beasley, but I’m even more glad the Bulls drafted Rose.

  • izzo

    In the PR world, they call this ‘image recovery’.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Did anyone see what he posted on Twitter? “FTW” and “Why is the world against me??” and stuff like that. Sure, 20 year old millionaire. The world is really against you.

  • http://facebook.com/jasennielsen jbn74sb

    Since when do people go to rehab for weed?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    are we even sure that it’s just weed? and yes, some people really can’t give up weed on their own.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    the thing is, beasley has always been a little off to me. not just a prankster but someone that had legitimate issues with functioning in a ‘normal’ way in society. the kind of guy that would never be able to hold on to a 9-to-5 regular job. like artest, like marbury, like manny. not bad people, just a little off. but since they’re incredible athletes, their problems are never taken seriously. from a purely statistical point of view, it’s only NORMAL that a few dudes out of 450 nba players would have mental issues.

  • tavoris

    doyouwantmore…have you ever heard of “more money, more problems”? Add the fact that he’s ONLY twenty. Cut the guy some slack, as he’s not hiding from his problems (or making excuses for them), but ADDRESSING them. Personally, I’m proud of him right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Get well soon, Supercoolbeas.

  • seppo

    i can´t imagine he went to rehab for weed.

    the question is what is he addicted to? if i had to guess, i´d say coke. maybe even crack.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    I wonder how long it will take for the mainstream media to pin this one on AAU basketball also.

  • rog123

    Still hard to believe this is the same guy who was tearing it up at k-state. Double-double machine. He seemed the most nba ready rook last year. I guess he was only nba ready on the court

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Twitter is the devil…
    And lots of people go to rehab for weed. Marijuana is addictive, don’t believe the hype.

  • seppo

    i´m sure there are a lot of nba players who smoke weed shortly before games. i don´t think it has an negative impact on your performance.

  • izzo

    Allen: I agree with half of that.

  • LebronGOAT

    I Hope Beasley gets better man.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    He’s addicted to taking too many jumpers

  • seppo

    on the pic it doesn´t look like beasley is out of shape (no homo). he looks a little skinny though. maybe he is hooked on meth.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    John Lucas is probably the reason for this particular facility. I bet Pat recommended it to Beas’ family. We only know a tiny sliver of the story, as it should be. We should not be speculating.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Although, I guess I just ‘speculated’ didn’t I?

  • luv2ball

    All I can think about is Bob Saget in the movie “Half Baked” saying you’re addicted to weed?

    But Allenp is right, weed can be addictive.

    I think this is part of a bigger issue, in the fact that some of these young athletes never have to integrate into the world socially as a “normal” person. They get sooo many breaks and perks and adulation from about the age of 12 that I’m sure it can mess with your head.

    So that I am not called a homophobe again, I aill say that tattoo is very effeminate.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Not sure what being in shape has to do with an addiction? Also, people are glossing over the fact that he has also gone in there for psychological issues. That is no joke. Anyone remember Eddie Griffin?

  • luv2ball

    Tadone

    Eddie Griffin had a ton of potential. That was a sad sad sad story. More recently, Kirk Snyder was arrested for burglary.

  • izzo

    I’ll just start off by saying that it’s highly doubtful that he is actually addicted to marijuana. If he was, he’d be in an overwhelming minority, something like the 0.01 percentile. But then again, if he genuinely is addicted to marijuana best of luck to him. If the main crux of his problem is possible mental illness, then 1)why go to a rehab facility instead of a phsychiactric one? 2) why make this public? It seems pretty innappropraite to do so. We don’t know the whole story but for now you can forgive me for believing that this might be an attempt to patch up Beasley’s image.

  • seppo

    what kind of psychological issues are you suggesting, tad? schizophrenia?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    damn. dudes the topic of 2 of todays latest?? Wish him well.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Izzo
    Define “addicted?”
    I think when most people think of an addiction, they think of junkies selling their bodies.
    But a huge number of people have addictions that they prefer to call “habits.”
    How many Americans talk about not being able to start their days without a cup of coffee? How many of them get crabby and jumpy without their coffee? That’s an addiction.
    The same is true with weed. People who feel a need to smoke weed everyday or their day feels “off” are addicted and there are millions of people who feel that way.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Seppo: I’m not sure if you were trying to be funny or not, but I honestly don’t feel like this is a joking matter since we don’t know the full story. I just hope the young man figures out what is affecting him.

  • seppo

    if he feels a need to smoke weed every day, then he should do it. if it makes him happy, why not.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    “You in HERE? For some marijuana?! BOO this man!”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Seppo
    Because it’s illegal and his job requires him to be sober. Duh.

  • izzo

    Allen: We could go back and forth for a while about what constitutes addiction. My feeling is that he probably isn’t so dependent on marijuana that it negatively affects his day to day life; unless the marijuana contributed to his decision to get that tattoo. Even if he was addicted in the way you described it, that’s a pretty minor addiction and more than likely wouldn’t have any bearing on how he would perform.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Yeah I agree, no jokes here. Eddie Griffin is properly mentioned, this is serious stuff. My best wishes to him and I hope that he takes rehab seriously and gets his problems fixed. Here’s to you big guy.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Allenp speaks the truth. I know this. And its not as uncommon as you might think or have been told.

  • izzo

    If this was done for the reasons I think it was, it seems to be working.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Damn izzo, that’s pretty cold. And it might be a “minor” addiction if there is such a thing, but it can do more damage to your psyche than people are acknowledging here.

  • duncan21

    Yo Beas, Get that help and clear your mind bra. Everyone goes through ish. Just be careful how you handle that. You dont want to end up blowing your brains out like one of my friends did last year. Keep yo head up cuz that crazy talk only makes it worse

  • seppo

    i know it´s just rumors, but dwyane wade and t-mac (allegedly) also smoke weed. i don´t think that the nba has a problem with their players performing under the influence of weed. they just don´t want the public to know.
    there are a lot of players at the highest level who perefer to play high. it´s just more enjoyable that way.

  • Basketballin

    A lot of players smoke weed. I think Beasley needs help based off the scary Twitter messages. Got faith though, he has the talent to come through.

    http://www.basketballinblog.com-Basketball News and Discussion

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    seppo, you said beasley might be addicted to crack haha. your opinion doesn’t matter after that

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t think many of the best basketball players actually play high.
    Now, do they get high? Sure, but considering the level of comp in the league, I doubt they are out there high.
    And there is a difference between smoking recreationally and actually being addicted. I know people, smart people, who like to relax with weed. I know other people who have to have a blunt everyday or their day sucked.
    There is a difference. A massive difference.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    a lot of them prolly do play lifted, maybe not during an NBA game, especially road games, but practice and shootarounds are a different story. the fact that he is willing to admit he is addicted is huge, that being the biggest issue with people addicted to marijuana. And when people say marijuana is not addictive they mean physically, like opiates which actually make you physically sick once you break your habit. Marijuana is mentally addictive, anything you associate with having a good time can be.

  • seppo

    if you have plenty of money and work out regularly, it´s not that bad to smoke crack.
    so yeah, i think it´s a possibility that beasley is on crack. like reggie lewis was (allegedly).

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    haha its not that bad to smoke crack? seppo you are totally and completely wrong. And the fact that you are defending crack as an ok thing to do is pathetic. I hope no kids read what you write and think your an educated person. DONT SMOKE CRACK, EVEN ONCE! moron

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    seppo i hope no impressionable mind reads the garbage your willing to spew. Crack is one of the most addictive drugs in the world and is not ok to smoke even ONCE. don’t be an idiot, kids don’t read what this uneducated person (seppo) writes, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about

  • AlbertBarr

    AllenP… a lot of people take “legal” drugs like prozac and the like or their day sucks. Weed is just the earths natural alternative to prescription drugs that most people probably dont need in the first place. Why is it that you feel like making smoking weed a bigger health concern than it really is? Cannaboids (THC is a cannaboid) are some of the most potent and effective chemicals on the planet for curing and treating physical ailments. They even demastitize tumors. So until you have proven that your opinions are backed up by real knowledge of the substance…kindly take your Reefer Madness propaganda elsewhere. The Herb dont hurt.

  • AlbertBarr

    Although, the ONE proven negative effect of smoking too much reefer is a higher chance of psychosis when you are older. All old people must smoke weed cause I am pretty sure they all have mild to moderate psychosis. Especially the lady who attends class at my university in a gas mask because the ink in our pens is toxic (at least that is what she claims – mind you, she only has to pay $15 a unit. I pay $208.) This is why I have to smoke…to stay sane when my fees are increased %30 a semester (Kalifornia is a mess). That said..I wish BEasy a healthy recovery from WHATEVER it may be that he needs help with.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    weed smokers are always in denial. how many times have i heard ”i could stop if i wanted to, i just don’t see a reason to give it up” and then they’ll need a lil joint to start the day, another one to relax after work, another one when they can’t sleep, another one to get the party hyped, etc. david harrisson of the pacers said that he would basically stay in his house between practices and games and smoke weed all day and get paranoid about people wanting to harm him.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    all i’m saying is that weed is not as harmless as some people would lead you to believe. it’s not as bad as hard drugs, but it can still mess you up if you go too hard.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    Albertbarr is obviously too into smoking pot, seeing as how he went on a pothead tangent about some unrelated lady at his college and tuition prices. Z doesn’t know much about it considering he lumped everyone that smokes weed into one big category. Its simple, if smoking pot interferes in any way with the life you are living then you have a problem. And obviously this was an issue with michael beasley considering he couldn’t even keep from doing it at an NBA function before he even visited his new home town.

  • Thunder Dan

    Sorry BEastly. hope you come back strong, physically and mentally. my prayers are with you

  • James aka…

    Allenp: Generally an addiction is something that is the product of a chemical dependancy, complete with withdrawal. Marijuana smoking, to the best of my knowledge, doesn’t do that. You can however develop a compulsion to do something, such as smoke weed (or pretty much anything that produces a psychologically satisfactory result, say sex). I think though, judging from the reports of vaguely suicidal thoughts on twitter that he has something like depression, or bipolarism, and his indulgence in substances to a harmful level may be a biproduct of such a psychological condition. Self medication is a common problem.

  • Bob

    Weed isn’t a big deal. I smoke weed once a week. It’s not physically addictive. You can play ball high anyway, being high doesn’t really make you a worse basketball player, maybe you hustle a little less. All the times I’ve played high, I wasn’t bad or great, just ok. So yeah. Weed isn’t a big deal, to me it’s much less of a thing than alchohol. Being drunk changes your judgement and ability to react, and balance much more than being high.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    james is right except it is marijuana that is the reason he is in rehab. his mental issues are not the reason, if his mental state was the issue he would be going to a psychologist or mental hospital not rehab. plus pat riley stated that the mental side was not their main concern

  • Clipp Show 714

    The actual article says its for SUBSTANCE abuse. People/cops don’t refer to weed as a substance they just call it weed/Marijuana.
    Substance abuse usually refers to speed, coke, or crack. Hopefully it is just weed since that will be a lot easier to overcome.

  • AlbertBarr

    nbk: actually my tangent was meant to poke fun at the idea of smoking too much making you senile. And how we let senile people go to college for %5 the cost of the young and competent (slightly tangenital). The fact that you find it so obvious that smoking pot is a problem for Beasley shows that you are not a psychiatrist or a doctor or someone who has much knowledge about weed. But perhaps I am just “too in to pot” considering I live in the pot capitol of the U.S. (Humboldt County, CA) More likely, I have a unique and informed perspective on the subject…it is just an herb. Get over it folks.

  • AlbertBarr

    cosign Clipp.

  • AlbertBarr

    cosign clipp

  • AlbertBarr

    and it was a smart-ass tangent…not a pothead tangent.

  • http://Iknowmoreaboutpotthenallofyou.com Nbk

    First to clipp marijuana is a schedule one SUBSTANCE so yes it is referred to by law enforcement and media as such. And albert i am aware of why you went on your tangent and i am aware of how miniscule an issue it really is. But when your being paid millions of dollars by a business, orteam and part of your agreement is that you will pass drug tests and subject yourself to professional advice then listening to your boss about seeking help for a pronlem you have is the professional and responsible thing to do. Im not saying its something he chose to do (go to rehab) but it was interfering with his profession (rookie seminar) thats just public proof and he was urged to go and did. Best wishes to b-easy. Its nothing more then pot people

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I agree with Allenp and nbk. Weed IS addictive whether you who are addicted will admit it or not. My mom works at a drug rehab place, I hear too much about it. Bottom line, you should stay away from it. Unlike some drugs, it stays in your body in the form of fat for months and even if you don’t smoke anymore, it can be re-released by excercise and burning fat, which can cause relapse. WEED IS ADDICTIVE.

  • AlbertBarr

    nbk says:

    “But when your being paid millions of dollars by a business, or team and part of your agreement is that you will pass drug tests and subject yourself to professional advice then listening to your boss about seeking help for a problem you” [may or may not] “have is the professional and responsible thing to do.’

    This is the real issue and I wholeheartedly agree.

  • seppo

    if i was an nba player i´d also consider smoking crack. from all we know it´s one of the best feelings you can get (some say 100 times better than an orgasm). i´m sure that many players are tempted to do it.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Actually nbk, I have read several sites today stating that Beasley is suffering mostly from mental issues and that the hospital he checked into was both for addiction and psychological patients. His personal agent even said he wasn’t sure what was going on with Beasley. It certainly sounds to me like someone who has some mental issues.

  • 6marjon

    it don’t matter what he’s addicted to… if anything he may simply be going in for mental issues. just gotta wish him the best hope he sorts everything out

  • http://Iknowmoreaboutpotthenallofyou.com Nbk

    Albert – thank you for adding the may or may not fa real. Seppo your ignorant

  • AlbertBarr

    seppo must be a crackhead.

  • AlbertBarr

    we apparently agree on the seppo thing as well nbk.

  • AlbertBarr

    well, at least that he is ignorant…

  • http://Iknowmoreaboutpotthenallofyou.com Nbk

    He prolly a crackhead thats the only thibg that makes sense

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    What’s amazing is that all the people that said “man, who cares if Beasley is smokin’ pot, legalize it and smoke it!” in the last comment section are pretty much in denial that someone could possibly check himself into rehab over weed.

  • AlbertBarr

    I am not sure what your point is Jukai?

  • seppo

    a lot of people are in denial that beasley is addicted to a substance other than weed.
    that´s so naive.
    believe it or not but there are probably many nba players who use coke, codein, heroin, oxycontin…

  • AlbertBarr

    none of which are crack seppo.

  • la huey

    Mike, I’m pulling for you to get well.

  • AlbertBarr

    Attention to all impressionable youngsters: Seppo obviously has never seen someone addicted to crack. If he had, he would know why an NBA player would smoke most anything but crack. Here in Eureka, CA we have more crackheads than schools. MOre crackheads than gas stations. More crackheads than we have McDonalds for them to hang out at. Crackheads are wastelands. DO NOT DO CRACK. Seppo is a fool. That is all.

  • http://www.daytonastate.edu/athletics/ White Chocolate*DSC*

    I could tell he smoked a little but I didnt think it would turn into somethin like this. i hope he gets it together because the nba is way to important to throw away

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    crack is the worst drugs for all. for real. i’ve seen girls when i was in high school go from straight a’s to the stripper pole to the street corner in a single month. i’ve actually never heard of someone coming all the way back from a crack addiction. not saying it’s impossible but it just messes you up so fast mentally and physically. anyways, i think we should wrap this up. KIDS, JUST FORGET EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID IN THIS THREAD.

  • AlbertBarr

    Z, FOR REALS. Don’t listen listen to this thread kids. In the end, BEasy’s health and happiness is what we should all be rootin’ for. Get well kid.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    FWIW, I’ve just heard Broussard over at ESPN. This is strictly about reefer at this point. Not mental issues, or other harder stuff. The end.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ALBERT BARR… Isn’t “coke”, as seppo mentioned… actually short for coccaine…?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Z: What the heck are you talking about? Ron Artest wouldn’t be able to hold a 9 to 5 job? He applied for a job at CIRCUIT CITY his rookie year to get the employee discount!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Its a joke that some people think w33d is not addictive. I’ve never smoked the junk, but if people can get addicted to “World of Warcraft”, they can get addicted to the ‘erb’s essence, no matter how “natural” people say it is.

  • rog123

    Point is no matter who does drugs, (famous or not) they are illegal. Eveyones got problems but drugs are only a temp solution. there are other (legal) ways to relax as well. But we can all agree that we hope BEasy gets the help he needs and recovers

  • buschfire

    yeah but the law isn’t always right whether they say things like ilegal or legal…. look at prohibition. how many people on this site blogging right now would have followed that law back then in the 20′s? weed is in the exact same situation…and way less harmful then booze.

  • chintao

    For someone who is on the god squad, doyouwantmore seems to carry a whole lot of resentment for anyone who makes more money than he does.

  • rog123

    Hope he is not the next Isaiah rider

  • larrylegend

    cigarettes kill, alcohol is highly addictive in a physical way…thanks gouvernment…ganja is in his origin way 100% natrual, but also can be addictive. legalize, educate, regulate, medicate, free people should have a free decission. ok, breweries and tabacco company will told you different.

  • LOAF

    weed not addictive? BE REAL its not chronic say what an acholic or a crack head would go through, like constant shakes being sick and the strong desire to have the drug to function or feel normal, but none the less weed is addictive i used to smoke loads when i was about 14-19 all i did was smoke weed and play basketball go to work then look forward to going home and lighting up… its not a dependent drug like the body needs it to function, but mentally you want it, in the back of your head you cant wait to get high. I quit a while back because i got bored of it and paranoid, i wouldnt even go outside once i smoked, i also think it takes people out of their characters become more quiet nervous and not your usual self. Natural or not its still a drug and can still mess with your mind and your daily routines

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Oh, oh, here’s another thing I love: people deciding to turn the comment section where BEASLEY CHECKED INTO REHAB FOR AN ADDICTION TO WEED as a soapbox to talk about legalizing marijuana.
    Woot woot!

  • LOAF

    soap box or not

    it will never be legalized

  • funkdoc

    Hey, although what Beasley has done isn’t very professional, give him credit for trying to solve his own issues. He suffers from a weed addiction, and possibly emotional problems. Maybe he can’t handle the pressure, or is just very likely to be depressed etc. Some people just tend more to depression than others, and fortunatily Beasley is mature enough to get back on track with professional help. Now let’s hope he get’s back quickly, healthy and beastley.

  • funkdoc

    Hey, although what Beasley has done isn’t very professional, give him credit for trying to solve his own issues. He suffers from a weed addiction, and possibly emotional problems. Maybe he can’t handle the pressure, or is just very likely to be depressed etc. Some people just tend more to depression than others, and fortunatily Beasley is mature enough to get back on track with professional help. Now let’s hope he get’s back quickly, healthy and beastley.

  • funkdoc

    Hey, although what Beasley has done isn’t very professional, give him credit for trying to solve his own issues. He suffers from a weed addiction, and possibly emotional problems. Maybe he can’t handle the pressure, or is just very likely to be depressed etc. Some people just tend more to depression than others, and fortunatily Beasley is mature enough to get back on track with professional help. Now let’s hope he get’s back quickly, healthy and beastley.

  • larrylegend

    @ LOAF: most of your points i cosign, sure, it makes you addict, but todays weed is so much stronger than the 70ies, addiction is more likly. and yeah, i see myself in u as a teen :) .
    but stopping smoking, not bball!
    @ jukai: right, but as you see from the comments, its a toppic many are interested in…
    @teddy: some people get along with it some don’t..like with alcohol…
    once again, free people should have a free decission, so are we free!?
    sorry i am bored today, lower back injury.

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  • AlbertBarr

    I dont think Jukai is actually reading any of the comments. Who is soapboxing legalization. I have merely been trying to speak about the truth and facts behind marijuana…not advocate some mass legalization…So, kindly step off your judgment soap box and explain to us why your views on the subject are superior and others so laughable.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Albert
    I’m not pushing the meme that reefer is evil. Seriously, I’m not.
    I just wanted to clear up the misconception that you can’t be addicted to marijuana. That’s not logical. An addiction is a compulsion to do something. I know plenty of weed smokers that describes.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    AlbertBarr: Was I talking to you bro? Have you read any of the comments? Christ…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    YOU IN HERE FOR SOME MARIJUANA?! MARIJUANA?! marijuana isnt a drug. i was addicted to coke. you ever suck some feet for marijuana? cant say that i have. well, i have. I SEEN IT. BOO THIS MAN!!!!

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    isiah rider plays at my gym in our league. thats how far hes gone

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