Chris Herren has a story to tell, and it’s a story that every single teenager needs to hear.
The crowd at Rockingham Community College was hanging on every word
You can read about Herren’s story in his book “Basketball Junkie” or watch it on ESPN’s 30 for 30 called “Unguarded,” but his incredible, unbelievable journey from basketball star to drug addict, is best heard in person.
A McDonald’s All-American in high school, his beer drinking pot smoking ways took another step during his freshman year at Boston College, when he failed three drug tests and was kicked out of school.
He enrolled at Fresno State, where he said he had a few good years.
Herren was a second round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets, then the next season was traded back to his hometown Boston Celtics.
Then his addiction turned to oxycotton.
On the night of his first start with the Celtics, Chris left the Boston Garden just minutes before tipoff to meet with his drug dealer
Over the next few years, he left the NBA and started playing in Europe, where he became addicted to heroin. He overdosed one night and had to be revived.
Then he tried to commit suicide, became homeless, and walked away from his wife and two kids.There were many incidents you would call his “rock bottom,” but after he was found unconscious over the wheel of his car after hitting a telephone pole, he finally became serious about turning his life around.
June 4, 2008 was the last day Herren took a drug. He hasn’t had a drink since August 1, 2008.