Tennis legend Andre Agassi once took crystal meth while married to a Hollywood beauty and got away with lying about it.
The eight-time Grand Slam winner and 1992 Wimbledon champion revealed he lied to the Association of Tennis Professionals about taking the drug by accident in 1997. He detailed in his 2009 book 'Open' his true experience of taking crystal meth while enduring a difficult time in his personal life.
Agassi at the time was engaged to actress and model Brooke Shields, who he wedded in 1997 and divorced two years later. He recalled the shocking moment he took the highly-addictive drug with his assistant, referred to only as Slim, in his autobiography.
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Agassi said: "Slim is stressed too … He says, 'You want to get high with me?' 'On what?' 'Gack.' 'What the hell's gack?' 'Crystal meth'. 'Why do they call it gack?' 'Because that's the sound you make when you're high… Make you feel like Superman, dude'.
"As if they're coming out of someone else's mouth, I hear these words: 'You know what? Fuck it. Yeah. Let's get high'.
"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.
"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.
"I'm seized by a desperate desire to clean. I go tearing around my house, cleaning it from top to bottom. I dust the furniture. I scour the tub. I make the beds."
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Agassi later received a call from an ATP doctor informing him he had tested positive for recreational drugs, which would have seen him suspended for three months. But the tennis ace decided to dupe the system by writing a letter to the ATP claiming he was not at fault.
He recalled: "I say Slim, whom I've since fired, is a known drug user, and that he often spikes his sodas with meth – which is true. Then I come to the central lie of the letter.
"I say that recently I drank accidentally from one of Slim's spiked sodas, unwittingly ingesting his drugs. I ask for understanding and leniency and hastily sign it: sincerely."
The ATP accepted Agassi's version of events and he escaped punishment. He quit the drug soon after as his marriage with the socialite Shields fell apart and he lost interest in the game, before bouncing back and winning five more Grand Slams.
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