Oscar de la Hoya has confirmed that he has entered rehabilitation for substance abuse issues. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Earlier, TMZ reported that Oscar de la Hoya had checked into a rehabilitation facility in California, but we said to treat it as a rumor until something official came out. I said that because I assumed if it were true, Oscar or Golden Boy Promotions would in fact follow up.
That has happened. Oscar de la Hoya released an official statement to TMZ this evening:
"After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws.
"Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.
"I ask for respect and privacy as my family and I go through this process."
Now, I know that in the past I have made clear that I'm not particularly a fan of Oscar de la Hoya, but that's his professional life and persona. This is different. Oscar is taking responsibility for something that usually a fighter or other celebrity would need some kind of scandal to take on with honesty. Good for him, and Bad Left Hook wishes Oscar all the best.