New York Yankees pitcher, CC Sabathia, confirmed on Monday morning that he is checking into an alcohol rehab center.
“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series,” Sabathia said in a statement. “It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.”
He continued, “I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.”
“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don’t want to run and hide. But for now please respect my family’s need for privacy as we work through this challenge together,” Sabathia said.
The MLB superstar added, “Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do. I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.”
Sabathia’s announcement comes just two months after almost getting into a street brawl in Toronto. Back in August, the athlete, who becomes the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history in 2009, was caught on camera almost getting into a massive fight in front of EFS Social all because of … heckling.
The 35-year-old’s revelation also comes just one day before the big American League wild-card game against the Houston Astros.