Kelly Pavlik is a boxer I am unfamiliar with. I rarely watch boxing anymore due to the fact we dropped satellite TV years ago and I prefer mixed martial arts fights now. An article concerning Kell’s alcoholism caught my attention today, not for the clever title, but for the meat of the subject. Substance abuse, the non-performance enhancing kind, very rarely gets attention in the athletic world.
Alcoholism is an insidious disease that can affect everyone. Some are more susceptible that others, but it cuts across all lines. Professional athletes are bombarded by media at every turn reminding them about alcohol.
Remember, a majority of professional athletes aren’t major leaguers. They are athletes working at minor league clubs, developmental leagues, etc. In our current environment, you should also put college athletes into the mix.