Agassi writes that he sent a letter to the ATP tour to explain the positive test, saying he accidentally drank from a soda spiked with meth by his assistant "Slim." In the book, Agassi adds that "Slim" was the person who introduced him to crystal meth, dumping a small pile of powder on the coffee table.
"I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I've just crossed," Agassi writes. "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."
Now healthy and happy with current wife and fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf, Agassi hopes his fans won't change their opinion of him after reading about his low point in life.
"I was worried for a moment, but not for long," he told People magazine in October. "I wore my heart on my sleeve and my emotions were always written on my face. I was actually excited about telling the world the whole story."
Marion Jones rocked the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, racking up five medals for her unparalleled track and field performance. They all went away in 2007, when after years of denying she had ever taken performance-enhancing drugs, Jones broke down in federal court and admitted that she used a designer steroid from September 2000 to July 2001. Her punishment: a six-month sentence in a Texas federal prison, from which she was released in September 2008, and returning the three gold and two bronze medals she won in 2000.
Now, Jones is looking to make a comeback via the WNBA. San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes confirmed to the Associated Press Monday night that the 34-year-old Jones has been training with his assistants to possibly play in the womens' basketball league.
"I thought it would be an interesting journey if I decided to do this," Jones told The New York Times about her decision to pursue a second shot at sports stardom. "It would give me an opportunity to share my message to young people on a bigger platform; it would give me an opportunity to get a second chance."
"It's important for people to know that it's possible to make a mistake in your life, but it's what you do after the mistake that people are going to remember you by," she added. "Are you going to make whatever negatives that happened in your life a positive? Are you going to disappear? That has certainly never been in my horizon. How can I use my experience, my story, to help people and in the process hop on this journey of trying to make a team?"
If there's one thing you don't mess with in American culture, it's the sanctity of the dog. NFL quarterback Michael Vick violated that doctrine when, in 2007, officials conducting a drug investigation into Vick's cousin discovered evidence of unlawful dog fighting activities on a piece of rural Virginia land owned by Vick. As the press began its own investigation and federal and state authorities further examined the football star, it became clear that he was at the center of an interstate dog fighting ring that tortured and put to death underperforming animals. The public recoiled in horror, demanding retribution for the innocent animals.