Athletes Battling Substance Abuse

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  • Michael Irvin
  • JaMarcus Russell
  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Len Bias
  • Crystal Cox
  • Barry Bonds
  • Dwight Gooden
  • Allen Iverson
  • Addiction Does Not Discriminate
  • Mike Tyson
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Ron Tarpley
  • Marion Jones

Lawrence Taylor

Arguably one of the best linebackers in football history, Lawrence Taylor, 54, known for his wild ways on and off the field, has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Taylor was suspended for 30 days when he tested positive for cocaine in 1987 and tested positive again in 1988.  Throughout his 13-year career, he would face several suspensions for failing drug tests. He retired in 1994 and continued to abuse cocaine.

(Photo: Reuters)

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