Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Andre Agassi Admits Doing Crystal Meth

In Andre Agassi's upcoming autobiography (to be released November 9th) he reportedly admits that he used crystal meth in 1997 and lied to tennis authorities when he then failed a drug test as a result. According to the Associated Press, the test result was thrown out by the ATP after he explained to them in a letter that he "unwittingly" took the substance by drinking from a soda that he was unaware had been spiked with meth by his assistant.

Agassi admits now that that was a lie. He reportedly writes in his book that "Slim" was the person who introduced him to crystal methamphetamine by dumping a small pile of powder on a coffee table. ("I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I've just crossed.")
Embedded below is a 45 second television commercial for Mountain Dew starring Andre Agassi which is from that same era. Given his lying explanation to the ATP, it's perhaps unintentionally ironic today.


  1. Mr. Agassi's "positive effect ripples" far outweigh any negativity he may have been involved in creating or could create in two lifetimes. I wish him only the best and hope that he continues his journey in this life in safety and peace.

  2. I admire Andre Agassi's honesty about this too, especially since it seems totally voluntary and not like he had been "caught" or otherwise forced to disclose this to the public. But disclosing it in a book makes me question the purity of his motives to some degree.

    Only time will tell, I think, whether this news is received by the world: (i) with total ambivalence, since he's now been retired for several years, (ii) with horror that he is in some way glorifying or downplaying the seriousness of meth, in a way that tarnishes his image and legacy, or (iii) with admiration, as a form of "anti-drug" anecdote, since his meth use corresponded with the low point in his pro career.