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Oscar De La Hoya admits to drug and alcohol use, infidelity and suicidal thoughts

Oscar De La Hoya pondered suicide as he hit “rock bottom” in his dependency on drugs and alcohol, the former boxing champion said in an interview on Univision.

“Rock bottom was recently,” De La Hoya told Teresa Rodriguez of “Aqui y Ahora.” “Within couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life, but I was thinking about it.”

De La Hoya has been sober for three months after going through rehab and joining Alcoholics Anonymous. In addition to his battle with drugs (specifically, cocaine) and alchohol, he admitted that he was unfaithful to his wife, from whom he was separated for a time.

“We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful,” De La Hoya said.

De La Hoya, 38 was known as “the Golden Boy” and retired in 2009 after winning 10 world titles in six divisions over a 16-year career in which his record was 39-6 with 30 knockouts.

“There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol, hmm. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2½ years and I depended more in the alcohol than the cocaine,” De La Hoya said. “It took me to a place where I felt safe, it took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me, it took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom [who died of breast cancer in 1990].”

Now, De La Hoya calls recovery “the biggest fight of my life.” “All I can do now is get myself better.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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