Athletes Battling Substance Abuse

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  • Mike Tyson
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  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Len Bias
  • Crystal Cox
  • Barry Bonds
  • Dwight Gooden
  • Allen Iverson
  • Addiction Does Not Discriminate

Roy Tarpley

Roy Tarpley, 48, was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 draft. His short-lived career started off promising, but his addiction to cocaine and alcohol led him to rehab. His third season in the NBA was riddled by knee injuries and failed drug tests. He made headlines when the NBA suspended him indefinitely on Jan. 5, 1989.

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