Tennis legend Andre Agassi admits to being a crystal meth user in 1997 in his forthcoming autobiography, according to multiple online reports.
News of Agassi being a meth user started when Sport Illustrated’s Richardd Deitsch tweeted that “Book excerpt from Andre Agassi in the forthcoming SI: He admits to taking crystal meth during his career,” with further details cascading from there.
Multiple outlets are running excerpts from the book, with the best value coming from The Times of London (via ESPN) who quotes the section extensively. The excerpts note that Agassi’s assistant “Slim” was the one who introduced him to the drug.
“Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed” Agassi writes. “There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful — and I’ve never felt such energy.”
Agassi was still playing tennis at the time, and married actress Brooke Shields later that year. Agassi’s autobiography is released November 9 and is available for pre-order on Amazon here.