Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  80 responses

What Went Wrong With Michael Beasley?

by Marcel Mutoni

In today’s cynical age, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that some people were quick to assume that B-Easy’s entry into a rehab facility was nothing more than a PR move by the Miami Heat following their young forward’s controversial weekend.

It’s being assumed in many circles that Beasley is actually battling depression, and he’s now in the hands and care of John Lucas. Still, the pointless race is on to figure out what went wrong, and if anything could’ve been done to prevent it. (The media, after all, loves to psychoanalyze “troubled” celebrities.)

It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know the whole truth in this situation, and that’s perfectly fine. Thought it’s obvious that Beasley has issues to work through — and will hopefully get to do that with the aid of Lucas — the problems are his, and ultimately none of our business.

The only certainty in all of this is that Michael’s trade value has taken a hit, something Pat Riley and company are surely all too aware of.

The rest of the chatter is little more than white noise.

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


  • Yesse

    Good, that Heat doesnt interfere Beasleys personal life.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Hopefully he can get the support he needs, and benefit from it.

  • izzo

    God, I really, really, f*cking hate JA Adande.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ^ I wondered when I’d first see that comment Izzo.

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

    Is this some sort of a death knell for the kid? He’s 20, he’s got issues and he has the ability to get well if he choose’s to try and improve his life (cutting out the weed, focusing on his basketball career, taking some pointed advice from some credible mentors and becoming a spokesperson to young people in the Miami area) and at some point, get back to basketball. Ball is secondary at the moment until he get’s his life sorted, but let’s not just categorize him as some afterthought that never played to his potential. He’s got plenty of time in his young life to get the opportunity to prove the naysayers wrong.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    And yet Scot Pollard runs free.

  • http://www.cavs.com MooButter

    The whole plastic baggy thing is absolutely ridiculous. In know way can you make out what that could possibly be in that picture. Give the kid the benefit of the doubt. No wonder he’s depressed, kid wants to show off his new ink on a social networking site and gets blasted for the blurry image of plastic in the corner of the pic. Sometimes I think being a celebrity would absolutely suck.

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

    Moo, I love the kid and all, but it’s an established pattern of behavior that people are working off of when the allegations about weed were made about that pic. Can you blame them? You do remember his preseason actions last season, right?

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    Who is around this kid that is guiding him???? No way a kid with this much talent and star potential should end up like this. D-Wade, where you at???? That young’n was supposed to be under your wing learning how to be a beast and bang mad hollywood hoes, not smokin piff all day

  • riggs

    theres alot of people who would give anything to be in his shoes, it might seem narrow minded of me but i dont get how u can be young and rich and depressed.

  • houz

    I wish everything goes well

  • izzo

    Can people who know nothing of depression not comment about it? Thanks.

  • cramzy

    u know what? He’s 20. He’s getting help early in the game. Let’s focus on that and not jump into speculation and blow this up bigger than it has to be. That’s not going to help him. He’ll get it together and fulfill that potential.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    thank you cramzy for that comment.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    ja adande is a tool and a homer. he made it seem like beasley’s career was already a disappointment. c’mon man he posted 14 and 6 with limited minutes. put him on minny last year and that’s close to a 20 and 10 right off the bat. the kid has ample time to get his stuff together before the start of THIS season. he’s a knucklehead but cmon.

  • RedRum

    Beasly is just an everyday, low intelligence, spoiled brat dopehead, that happens to be very good at a sport, while making millions. I will not fear sorry for him, I have been a therapist at the past, I have seen hundreds of kids like that that have it much harder, as because of depression or other issues, loose jobs, become homeless, alcoholic etc. I could not care less about Beasley

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Redrum – people react differently to different situations. Just because some people “have it harder” doesn’t mean it’s ok to write off other people who don’t seem to have as bad of a situation. Yeah he’s young and rich, so what? That posses a whole set of different issues. Everyone is different and everyone copes with things differently. Ignorant, judgemental people like you only further the problem.

  • concerned

    your a therapist and your name on this site is RedRum? God I worry for the patients you treated

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    @RedRum: You must been one helluva “therapist”!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    A Redrum therapy session goes like this: “YOU’RE PROBLEMS AREN’T AS BAD AS THIS GUYS, GET OVER IT LOSER!” The next Dr. Phil right there…

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

    This is the proverbial catch 22 . . . a kid with the physical tools to hold down a full time job in the NBA but not quite there from a maturity standpoint. A lot of Beasley’s so-called problems are normal for a kid his age and should be played out on a college campus and not in the glare of the entire entertainment world. However, he took the money and now it’s time to deal with the headaches that come with the job and the responsibility.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Redrum, do you even have any idea how tough Beasley’s life was prior to him signing a big contract last year? Do you know about his family issues back in MD? Just shut up, please. What kind of therapist can’t even show the slightest bit of empathy?

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

    Just read some of what his father was saying on various radio interviews. Apparently the pressures of being a new father (who knew?) are part of his stress level and he was defending Mike’s current state of being clean from weed and passing several drug tests from the league. Not sure if it’s just a dad trying to stand up for his kid or something more deep seeded on his part, but I would definitley think the 20 year old daddy part would stress out the dude a ton.

  • LeoneL

    “It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know the whole truth in this situation, and that’s perfectly fine.” Right on. Wishing Beasley all the best. Keep your head up kid.

  • dial up

    he’s making millions to play basketball games in an 8 month period. Get off this guys nuts. It’s obviously a pr move, super cool beas?? Most of the comments are pathetic, grow up KIDS.

  • HangTime Hec

    I suffer from mild Depression. MILD. And it/was hell. A lot of people to make it out the same way after going thru a mental break down. I made it out and I have days where I feel like I cant get through. I can only image how rough it is for Mike. Having the cameras all over you, and at the same time having to live up to the exceptions of not being a bust. Honestly if you dont know anything about this illness, kindly shut the heck up. Redrum you sir are a embarrassment.

  • HangTime Hec

    And lets get this straight, for those of you who dont know what Depression really is about. Its a chemical imbalance in the brain, the waves in the brain, that send emotions get blunted, dull, and its harder for someone to be happy or excited. It effects you attention span, your memories, and sleep routine. I use to LOVE reading. Now it is almost a chore. When I was going through my mental break down, i didnt even now if i love my mother, because the emotions that i had were so faint that i didnt know if it was love. I had complete empathy. Life shouldnt be lived that way and i can understand why i wanted to kill my self. This disease can really destroy a family. So please, lay off this kid cuz you can be helping his self destruction.

  • izzo

    Spot on HangTime Hec.

  • Blue

    I honestly feel that if Eddie Griffin had the proper support he needed to face his demons and overcome, we wouldn’t be mourning him today. Let’s not make the same mistake twice…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Cosign hangtime & blue.

  • Clipp Show 714

    Cosign Izzo…JA adande is a tool

  • Clipp Show 714

    Beasley needs to Man up.

  • http://facebook.com/jasennielsen jbn74sb

    Smoke weed every day.

  • marco

    @redrum i am real glad that you are not a therapist anymore. you give therapists a bad name. just because he is rich doesn’t mean he has no problems, what if he is biologically predisposed to being depressed? cant solve that with money now, can you? as we all just found out he just turned into a dad, what if that stressed him out a lot? and what if he posted his new tat on twitter so that the comments about his tat would at least take his mind off of being a dad a bit but then he gets accused (i am not saying that he isn’t) of smoking pot. what if those events plus others made him depressed? redrum, seriously, if you have any credibility at all you would know that depression isn’t just a social thing..there is also a biological aspect. so please, shut up will you? this is my first comment here on slam..i don’t care if i get banned, i just hope this reaches you..give you something to think about next time..oh yeah, “feel sorry” not “fear sorry”

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com cordeazy

    cosign jbn74sb

  • sam

    wow….and to think the bulls could have selected him over d-rose.

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  • RedRum

    you all completely missed my point… I feel sorry for anyone that has to go through depression and substance abuse. The reason why I left therapy was that because I could not dissociate from my patients, which is what a good therapist should do. I just don’t care if Beasley goes through some problems more than I care for anyone going through similar issues, without having his life pretty much sorted as Beasley has, having to go through a job, relationships, kids. There are people out there who have it worse than Beasley, who cannot afford expensive Houston clinics, who do not have the support system that he has, who have to keep a 30k 9-5 job, raise kids… my sympathy goes to them first.

  • Remo Williams

    im sure after a few weeks in rehab, with some counseling, beas will be supercool.


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

    So, because the kid is good at ball, he deserves no support or should be criticized for having money and getting to a better than average facility? Get the f*ck out of here with that nonsense. I agree with you that the people that struggle to make a living and can’t get the best support available are being shortchanged but that should in no way, take away from anyone else that is more able to get top flight help because of their profession.

  • seppo

    beasley is clearly suffering from a serious mental illness. weed is certainly not the adequate medication.

    he probably needs to take xanax, valium or percocet.

  • luv2ball

    I think what redrum is trying to say is that he feels sympathy for Beasley but it is hard to empathize with him. I mean we have 20 y/o in Iraq/Afghan getting shot at daily, away from their families etc and I am sure they are going through things as well. I can see his point, I myself have thought to myself sometimes “How can so and so be depressed when they have so much money and women and blah blah” But at the end of the day Beas is human. We humans all go through things so I hope that Beas get’s it together because I don’t want to see him go down the Eddie Griffin, LEn Bias path.

  • Enigmatic

    I hope Beasely gets better, but I don’t feel sorry for any grown-a** man. That being said, I wonder what might be going through Wade’s head right now? Could this whole episode be added to his “reasons to leave MIA in 2010″ list?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    luv2ball: dont think so hard. What redrum is saying is that he is a 12 year old caught in a lie after telling the internet he was a therapist and now covering his a$$. Its not that hard to understand. But you made a valid point, it is just not the same message as redrums’

  • vmcb

    I’m a big fan of Beasley’s and wish him the best. Hopefully he can put this behind him and have the career many of us expected.

  • rav

    i guess this shows that you can have all the natural talent in the world, but if your mentality isnt right then you aren’t going to make it

  • donovan

    I think you Adande haters miss the point of his column…

    He’s saying the argument that college changes a person is BS. FINALLY, someone at ESPN points that out.

    I hate all these Jay Bilas and Richard Vitale cats who’ve long said college changes a person and inherently makes you more mature. No it doesn’t. College is merely a VENUE where that can happen. The person changes the person. You don’t become more mature simply by virtue of going to college.

    That’s the point.


    I lot of people who win the lottery find themselves depressed,lose all their money and end up committing suicide. Just food for thought. May god bless him.

  • RedRum

    BETCATS I do not need to prove my credentials, believe that you want. All I am saying is that it is too bad for Beasley, but I know hundreds who have it worse.

  • Rusty

    I feel sorry for anyone suffering mental illness. But everyone on here saying ‘give the kid a break’ is stupid. He got a break when he got drafted, if he was some poor kid out on the streat he would probably never get any treatment, just be locked up. Im not even sure if he is depressed, i mean he did just get supercoolbeas tattoed on his back so he is obviously not lacking in confidence. To me he is just an immature 20 yr old who got caught with dope and is now trying to cover up his mistake.

  • Rusty

    *street. wow im stupid today

  • g

    i dont think beasley knows how important he is to the heat and i think he has th potential to be one of the best players to play the game after wade kobe lebron nd whoe ever but he needs to get it together or his career is going to fall

  • The Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain

    B-Easy needs to take a tablespoon of cement and just harden the f*ck up!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The point is, like I was saying last year on this site OJ Mayo was the better pick, should have made him a point guard, since he wanted to play and would have took a backseat to wade to set him up and win games. Bad pick, so heat got an alright player with upside. OJ would have juiced Flash to create a dyanmic duo.

  • that dude

    drugs can change the chemical balance of the brain. just sayin’

  • marco

    wow, redrums’s tone just changed a whole lot after his first comment..”Beasly is just an everyday, low intelligence, spoiled brat dopehead, that happens to be very good at a sport, while making millions. I will not fear sorry for him, ” to “I feel sorry for anyone that has to go through depression and substance abuse. The reason why I left therapy was that because I could not dissociate from my patients, which is what a good therapist should do.”

  • Rusty

    hes alright

  • Rusty


  • Rusty

    he’s not real

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

    We all want you to be happy Mikey Beasley!
    Get the help you need, find your place in the world (preferably on an NBA roster!) and enjoy!!

  • paris-dakar

    Beasley better watch out or he’ll become the next Charles Rogers.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    My girlfriend broke up with me 3 months ago and Im still not over it. Depression sucks.

  • Blow4Blow

    Were all bound to make mistakes, lets just be happy his are being dealt with. He is only 20…Go Beasley!

  • HangTime Hec

    That whole malarky of there are people who have it worse is just sad. Comparing others people miseries is silly. Its like saying, my sister shouldnt have sed a tear for me when i went thru my proplem because there are people with aids and she should feel bad for them. There will always be a person worser off. ALWAYS. That is life.

  • HangTime Hec

    I am going to leave with just this quote that my 12th grade teacher kicked to me. He was a man before he was a basket ball player. As DP would say, Play wit it.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    Man, I’m rooting for Mike so much.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    What Hec said, but add in the part, on the internet = people telling eachother who is worse off or their life story of how bad it got and another person saying their worse story (not to say don’t tell yours Hec), or telling people that they need to be sympathetic to something else worse in their opinion first instead of the topic or story at hand. Don’t have sympathy for something, then just don’t post. Its not an issue of you know things or people worse off, (who doesn’t really). And you asking for support to your own soapbox. But yeah, Internet. Unavoidable.

  • HangTime Hec

    Am not forcing him to have sympathy for Mike. Not at all. He is his own person. But it just came off a snobish and rude really. Who am I to tell him how to use his emotions? Its just a little strange that Redrum was a “therapist” and blasted this kid. I thought he would be a lot wiser.

  • serevei

    hahah i love the way u guys talk about how the media beefs up stories and crap… and then u go and post the stuff urself.. hahah

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    I hope Redrum gets hit by a car. Really.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    I mean, let’s repost this:
    “Beasly is just an everyday, low intelligence, spoiled brat dopehead, that happens to be very good at a sport, while making millions. I will not fear sorry for him”
    Yeah man, how dare Beasley have a chemical imbalance in his brain and a depending on a drug that he was using to counter-act that. F him.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai


  • LOAF

    ok fair enough Beasley is having problems and needs help, but your all going on like no one has problems?
    geeez my whole family is acholics my uncle is in rehab my older brother is chronic and my mum has relaspes now and again, also my nan is on deaths door and drinks Gin like its going out of fashion??
    Am i depressed? no? sometimes it takes a strong character to overcome such things
    but the benefit beasly has over everyone else is money and fame, which guarentee him the best support avaiable, your average Joe doesnt get that.
    not saying i dont want him to get better or think its a cop out, BUT other people go through worse and dont have the type of support beasley will get

  • marco

    @loaf well good for you if you are not depressed, who said no one has problems? i think most of us here agree that everyone has problems..the thing is beasley wasnt able to handle his and that’s why he is checking into rehab. being rich and famous is not a reason for me to not support him and hopes that he gets better..same way im hoping your family gets better.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    @ Hec, most of my post was directed to his comments, yeah can’t force anyone. Agree. And as others are saying if he was a therapist before, he should have better ideas on how he should go about seeking help while of that Hippocratic oath to see past job/affluence/celebrity and just understand the humanity part of it.
    He said he doesn’t care, rudely-without thinking, then stepped up to say who in his mind should get attention first, who has it worse. Like it matters who has it the worst.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, Redrum must not hang in here a lot or think that Slamonline commenters are “everyday low intelligence, spoiled brat dopeheads”. Wrong spot for that rubbish, Mr. Nicholson. These dudes are sharp and will rip you a new one (BETCAT’s comment was goooooold!) when they smell bullshiattt! Nice analysis though, good thing you “left” therapy.

  • Matt

    Micheal Beasly can ball, I dont know why Riley would want to trade him regardless. As a heat fan I dont want to see him leave