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Earl Monroe once did angel dust at Bubba Smith’s house

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Legendary Bullet Earl Monroe released a book last week titled “Earl the Pearl: My Story.” Monroe appeared on the also legendary Will Leitch’s Sports On Earth podcast to discuss the book, and this anecdote in particular was the headliner.

Apparently, Monroe once smoked angel dust at Bubba Smith’s house.

“Well, you know Bubba Smith was the number one draft pick on that year for the Baltimore Colts. Bubba also professed that he could have been a basketball player,” Monroe recalled. “Actually, I got drafted number one, second pick overall by the Baltimore Bullets. And on the 10th pick of the draft, they picked Bubba Smith. I don’t know why, but that was what they did.

“But Bubba was a great guy, and he was one of the only athletes that I knew that lived in downtown Baltimore. And so, he had a great apartment and he threw a lot of parties. And this one particular evening, I was at his party and there was this guy who came up to me and asked me…he said, ‘Hey Earl. Do you wanna do this?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘Aw, man. Just take a toke. Don’t take to much.’ And I said ‘Alright.’ So I took a toke, and the next thing I know I was in so-called la-la land. Everything seemed to be going along in slow motion. It seemed like all those psychedelic films that I had seen prior to that, it seemed like I was in it.

“And for all the time that I was there, it seemed to be a couple of hours just from that one little toke, I was very, very out of it. And for me, I’m kind of a control freak. And for me, I couldn’t control myself. There was women who looked like women that were naked, and crawling on the floors, and all those type of things. And somehow I got out of there and got back to my house and got in bed and woke up the next morning. And one of the things I promised myself was that I’d never put myself in that position again. And I haven’t. It was a lesson well-learned, and fortunately, I survived it.”

Here’s the full podcast. Monroe also shared his thoughts on Jason Collins and 1970’s trash talk. He also calls Phil Jackson a hippie, which is cool.



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