Gillispie Heads To RehabPosted by jstevrtc on September 8th, 2009
Update: Gillispie’s lawyer on Wednesday stated that Gillispie was only “considering” rehab at the John Lucas Treatment Center in Houston, Texas, but tonight, Houston television station KRIV reported that Gillispie actually checked in last Thursday. A quote attributed to Gillispie (was he drunk at the time?): “By going to spend some time with John Lucas in Houston. He’s got the John Lucas Athletes After Care Program. He’s going to deal with some alcohol issues for me.”
According to the inestimable fellows at KentuckySportsRadio.com, there is news out of Houston tonight that former Kentucky Wildcats head coach Billy Gillispie has checked himself into the John Lucas Treatment Center, a drug and alcohol rehab facility.
We all know about Gillispie’s history with the sauce — the DUIs (especially the recent one outside Lexington), the hanging out in bars with coeds, the alleged aggressive behavior. Given such a setup, we should have seen how this would end. How ironic that a guy who wouldn’t sign an actual contract with Kentucky because of an alleged “morality clause” that addressed Gillispie’s alcohol use now finds himself checking into a drug/alcohol rehab facility.
But, then again, is this the end? In terms of a settlement, this can’t help Gillispie’s chances as far as his lawsuit with UK. But assuming he completes the program, could it act as a catalyst toward future employment somewhere? It’s true — checking into rehab, getting through it, and living up to it are all very distinct things. But Gillispie is more likely to stay in the upper ranks of coaching if he’s got something concrete that proves he’s learned how to manage this problem, as opposed to his asking a school to take a chance on him while he’s still fighting this particular demon.
At this time, though, we’re going to give the man the benefit of the doubt and say that the lawsuit, the potential settlement, his upcoming book, and the prospects of coaching again are all of no concern to him at this time, and that his entry into rehab represents a genuine desire for help. Gillispie has provided the blogosphere — including this site, we definitely admit it — with a lot of fodder. This is different. You’ll find no embarassing photos or Amy Winehouse jokes here today. In this matter we wish him the best of luck, and hope he achieves absolute success in his battle. Godspeed, Coach.