“The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, former world boxing champion in six weight classes and gold medalist at the 1992 Olympic Games, came forward recently with a harrowing tale of cocaine and alcohol addiction. Underscoring the severity of his situation, De La Hoya said that at one time he considered suicide a better solution to his problems than rehab.
As has been proven time and again, the only thing greater than the heights to which professional athletes rise is the depths to which they fall. De La Hoya is only the latest in a long line of sportsmen to have plummeted from the top. Here are a few other notable stories.