On May 21st, TMZ.com reported that boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya voluntarily entered rehab in a California facility for alcohol and drug abuse--the drug being cocaine. The 38-year-old 10-time world boxing champ and Olympic Gold medalist, who retired from the sport in 2009, posted several tweets saying: "Stop finding excuses not to live. life is controlled by what you make of it and not of what it makes of you" and "In a humiliating way. life as I'm learning is to love my self first so I can love those around me.Thank you and I'll see u soon stronger..."
According to MSN.com, cocaine abuse led De La Hoya to cheat on his wife of 10 years, Millie Corretjer, with whom he has two children. While the name and exact location of the rehab facility is still unknown, De La Hoya's personal remorse was highlighted in yet another tweet where he reflected, "My wife is so gorgeous." How this will affect his marriage to the Puerto Rican-born singer is yet to be seen, but on her own website, Corretjer thanked supporters for their kind words as her family works through this crisis.
For the boxing icon with a 39-6 record who won 10 titles in six different weight classes, this is definitely the nail in the middle of the road that flattens one's tires. The bounce back is yet to be seen. However, recognizing when one has a problem is the first step to recovery and De La Hoya seems to understand this from the statement he released, saying: "Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws."
Since his retirement from boxing De La Hoya has kept busy in the sport, promoting fights through his Golden Boy Promotions company.
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