Darryl Strawberry Interviewed on The Michael Kay Show (ESPN Radio) January 29th, 2014 – During his string of Radio Row appearances just before Super Bowl XLVIII, Darryl Strawberry had a chance to sit down with Michael Kay on ESPN Radio for an interview and chat.
He shared a few opinions on Alex Rodriguez (“A-Rod”), Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and other Hall of Famers accused or caught abusing steroids, and the people who demean them. He mentioned that steroids are an addiction, like any other drug, and that villainizing athletes for abusing any one drug would be hypocritical, as many players abused a myriad of other drugs before that. The players which may be addicted to steroid abuse should be sent to treatment, as they should for other forms of drug abuse.
Approximately fifteen minutes into the podcast, Darryl brings up The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center — specifically, the Athletes Helping Athletes Program, and brings up the good it could do for athletes suffering from such addictions as steroids, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, or other drugs:
I want to have athletes in treatment where they can be together, where they can get well, where they can work together. Because I remember when I was in treatment; I was always focused on me. You know, being Darryl Strawberry, the baseball player, in treatment with the other clients — and I could never get anything done as far as getting well, because of being a celebrity.
And I remember one of the clinical directors in one of the treatment centers told me, ‘You’re never going to make it,’ he said, ‘Celebrities never make it, because of their lifestyle.’
You know, and I felt so bad. I felt like, like I was a mistake. So I decided that I want to start these treatment centers here, […] and I want to build them where people can come and they will make it.”
– Darryl Strawberry on The Michael Kay Show
For more information:
- Visit this Michael Kay Show podcast directly
- Learn about The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York (98.7 FM)
- Watch Darryl during his other interview that day, with CBS Sports.
(Please note: Although the center still treats athletes, the Athletes Helping Athletes Program is no longer offered)