As the Daily Telegraph puts it, ‘champion, icon, liar and crystal meth user’. Are you shocked? If you are, is it the drug taking, or the many lies he told to get out of trouble? Or does disappointment at his fallibility simply show that we expect too much from sports stars?
“There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness,” said Agassi of his first time taking the drug. “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.”
At the time, Agassi was in the worst slump in his career, having fallen
as low as 141st in the world.
When he failed a drugs test, Agassi then lied about it
saying a soda he was drinking from was spiked with the drug. Authorities believed him and Agassi was never punished.
So, he turns out not to be quite the man we thought he was.
He cheated the system and he got away with it. Can you forgive him?