Thursday, October 14, 2004

Athletes & Drugs

Here's an update to this story I had previously posted. Again, just an example how this stuff attracts & controls your life. If you know anyone in this type of situation, get them help.

Preliminary results of the autopsy performed on Ken Caminiti show that the former National League MVP died of a drug overdose, a New York City police source told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap.

Just in case anyone out there needed another reminder why drugs of any kind (alcohol, drugs, steroids) don't mix in the sports world, take a second to read about Ken Caminiti. He was one of the "stars of the 90's" in baseball. This should be lumped right along side Lyle Alzado as a reminder of why you shouldn't do these things to your body.

On the field, Ken Caminiti's all-out style served him well. Off the field is where it got him in trouble. The 1996 National League MVP, who later admitted using steroids during his major league career, died Sunday. He was 41.
Caminiti died of a heart attack in the Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed Monday, spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.
Just last Tuesday, Caminiti admitted in a Houston court that he violated his probation by testing positive for cocaine last month.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but State District Judge William Harmon gave him credit for the 189 days he already had served in jail and a treatment facility since he was sentenced to three years' probation for a cocaine arrest in March 2001.

"This is the largest mistake I've made in my life," Caminiti said when he pleaded guilty in March 2002. "I had a real good thing going for me, and I got sidetracked. It doesn't have to be that way. It doesn't have to be drugs. It doesn't have to be alcohol. That part of my life is over."