Andre's Right: He Had to Be 'Open' About Life

Justice HillCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Andre Agassi waves to the fans following the Mixed Doubles match against Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters during the 'Centre Court Celebration' at Wimbledon on May 17, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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I owe Andre Agassi an apology, not that Agassi needs to hear an apology from a sports journalist -- particularly from one he's never met and likely will never meet.

Still, I need to ask his forgiveness for questioning why he broached the subject of drug abuse in his soon-to-be-released book "Open." As he discussed the book Sunday on "60 Minutes," Agassi convinced me that had he kept his abuse of crystal meth out of his autobiography, he would have needed to re-title it, perhaps slapping the words "Half Open" on its cover.

For just as his candor about his violent father, his baldness and his thoughts about his marriage to movie star Brook Shields needed airing, so did the despair that drove Agassi to abuse drugs in the first place.

His interview was revealing beyond his explanation about why he included his drug problems in the autobiography. Certainly, he had to expect his saying he used drugs use would be a titillating revelation; it's the kind of introspection that ensures bold headlines -- and criticism.

Agassi got both.

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