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Former Phils Prospect Singleton Admits to Drug Issues

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, March 03, 2014 09:16 PM | Comments: 12
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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred time. Jon Singleton will haunt the dreams of Phillies fans for years. He’s the one that got away, traded to the Astros as part of the ridiculous package that netted the Phillies Hunter Pence. What’s haunting Jonathan Singleton is his addiction to marijuana.

Singleton was suspended 50 games for tripping up once before, but admitted to the Associated Press that he has struggled with curbing his appetite for the banned drug. 

He told the AP:

“At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

No matter your thoughts on the legislation of weed in America, it’s pretty impressive that Singleton is stepping forward to admit his problem. He’ll have to fight through it if he wants what every minor leaguer wants; a shot at the bigs. Singleton is close, very close. To haunting Phillies fans for a long time.

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Guy sounds like a real jockstrap. Maybe his career will go “up in smoke”, and we won’t be haunted by him. Nah. Knowing our luck, he’ll be a regular thorn in our side like a Brian McCann or a Chipper Jones.

     
    • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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      How is a guy a “jockstrap” if he realizes he has a problem and wants to correct it? Real supportive of you there, Big Ed.

       
      • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

        Chuck,
        Sorry if that was misconstrued. I am short on time, and thought I could use brevity to elucidate my thoughts; however, it seems in doing so I lost the clarity of meaning. So I’ll attempt it again: I lost too many friends and seen too many young people with talent lose their lives as well as their dreams to the harsh reality of drugs. So here is a guy like Singleton, with a great opportunity to be successful and he is being stupid about it. Put baseball aside for a moment and rescue yor life from the effluvium of marijuana before it snowballs into effecting others. His approach just seems blasé, and throwing it out there…act on getting help do not just talk about it. Me I don’t muddle in quiescent rhetoric, I act on it. Once again, sorry if I came off like a dou&he@ag.

         
  • Posts: 0 Robotnik

    Astros should trade Singleton to the Colorado Rockies where weed is legal. He’d still have problems following the MLB drug policy, but he could pursue his life’s passion legally.

     
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    While I have never personally met anyone “addicted” to marijuana, I do believe it’s theoretically possible. I also believe there are addictive personalities out there who could find themselves hooked on just about anything – and dangerously so, whether it’s cocaine or cotton candy. I had a friend who was addicted to coke – and I’m talking about the soft drink. He never lasted more than 10 minutes without one in-hand or declaring his urgent need to have one, in-hand. He’d experience real withdrawal symptoms when sequestered in a classroom or some other place out of reach of a soda machine or convenience store. By age 18 he had the constitution of a sickly 65-year-old.

    It’s possible Singleton has discovered an appetite for substances besides marijuana. THC happens to show up in your blood for a longer time than many other chemicals and is therefore discovered more often through aperiodic testing. He might be a “jockstrap” as well but the two issues would not necessarily be connected.

    I wish him well and hope his demons don’t run any deeper than weed.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    As a baseball fan I wish him the best of luck getting on the right path, and hopefully he goes on to have a productive major league career..
    The fact that he was a former phillies prospect we traded away to help our run at another title does not change my opinion nor would it make me wish that he doesn’t blossom into what some think he could be…

    As a man that loves the game of baseball, I just want to say good luck on the road to recovery

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    A lot has been written about drug addiction since the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I think that there are a lot of misconceptions out there… if you’re wired to be an addict, you can’t rewire that. It’s something that will be with you forever – every day requires a decision not to use – and one slip up can end in tragedy. Hoffman was sober for ten years… ten years… and then, one evening at a party someone offered him a drink and he said yes… and that’s how the avalanche began. I’m speculating here but I would imagine that Singleton’s urges to use are connected to the pressures of being a big-time prospect and the day to day grind of baseball. The non-addict can cope with pressure and disappointment without picking up a pipe or a drink or a syringe… for a baseball player who often fails (the best players of all-time fail to get on base half of the time), addiction has to be a very scary self-realization. I’m certainly hoping and praying he can find success.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    I see no reason why baseball players shouldn’t be allowed to smoke a little weed. singleton says he suffers from anxiety and depression, something he could really use a prescription for medical marijuana to treat.

     
  • Posts: 5229 Lefty

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    Dave’s not here man!

    All kidding aside, I hope this young man can get help learning that you can get your high other ways than pot/drugs/alcohol. Admitting the problem is usually a good first step.

     
  • Posts: 0 nahroots

    Seriously. Is there anything more innocuous than smoking some pot in the privacy of your home? Sounds like a pretty normal activity to me.

     
    • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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      I think you’re missing the point.

       
 
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