CC Sabathia Alcoholism Confession: Pitcher Claims He Played Drunk

November 8, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

CC Sabathia confessed that he had enough of being an alcoholic and took the decision to get help for the sake of his family and his career. In lengthy interviews, CC Sabathia stated that he made the decision to go public to help and inspire those battling addictions to seek professional treatment.

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CC Sabathia, aka Carsten Charles “CC” Sabathia, Jr., recently did several interviews with ABC and New York newspapers where he spoke for the very time about his decision to enter rehab and face his alcohol addiction.

On October 5th, professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees, CC Sabathia left his team just before their Wild Card playoff game against the Astros. Mr. Sabathia, who had spent an entire weekend drinking in Baltimore, entered the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut where he got professional help for his destructive issues.

After being released from rehab, Sabathia did numerous interviews where he explained that the weekend of binge drinking made him understand that he could not solve the matter on his own. The athlete stated:

“It just wasn’t any one thing. It wasn’t any one event. It was just me trying to get ahold of this problem that I have, and I felt like that was the best way to do it, was to check myself into a rehab.”

He went on to reveal that he checked into a rehabilitating center for his wife and number one fan, Amber Sabathia, their four children, the Yankees and his fans. He said:

“I woke up on that Sunday and was like, ‘I can’t do this no more. I came in on Sunday and felt like I needed to get some help. I know it was bad timing, but I felt like if I didn’t tell somebody then, I would have been in real trouble.”

Talking to reporters at the annual event for his charity, the PitCChIn Foundation, which supports inner city children, Sabathia said he wants to be honest with the world and admits that he struggled with the matter for numerous years. He added that he hopes his action to get treatment will inspire other addicts. The Californian shared:

“I was 100 percent making that decision.I’m always upfront and honest about my problems, and this is one of them. So I felt like I needed to make this public and stop hiding from people and kind of make sure I’m doing the right steps to be right.”

Many teammates including Carlos Beltran and Dellin Betances attended the fundraiser along with Alex Rodriguez. His pals are proud of him and have promised to look out for him in the future. Sabathia went on to make the surprising revelation – he has played drunk. He elaborated by saying:

“I could always come to the field, sweat everything out, do my running and do everything I had to do. I pretty much just hid it, would be walking around hung over and sick all the time and still going through the motions.”

The 35-year-old left-hander is eagerly looking to the start of spring training in mid-February.

Ready for the #RNSummerClassic tonight!! Let's get this #TeamCC @pitCChInFDn

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  1. Jane says:

    It’s about time that people stop worrying about their jobs and get the help that they need medically, whether is athletes abusing alcohol, drugs, steriods, etc.
    Besides NICOTINE (im my opion the most addictive drug their is) ALCHOLOISM AND HERION ADDICTION IS THE NO. 1 PROBLEM FACING AMERICANS (Especially Native American Indians) and the LEGAL SYSTEM is SO FAR BEHIND ON THE TIMES, yes there are Drug Courts, in many places, yet if these courts don’t even allow people wo work while they are in rehab, then what is the point? ANY ADDICTION (gambling, etc), should be TREATED by MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, INCARCERATION IS NOT THE ANSWER. Look at the mom driving drunk on the Taconic, which was PREVENTABLE. KUDDOS TO THE JUDGES THAT UNDERSTAND THIS, and to those who don’t GET OFF THE BENCH. Best of luck CC #34 praying for you and the YANKEES.

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