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Mike Goldberg Denies Drug Rehab Rumor, Cites Other Health Issues For Missing UFC 155


(As Goldie himself might say, the precision of those rumors was not very precise.)

When long-time UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg missed UFC 155 for undisclosed reasons, it didn’t take long for the rumor mill to churn out reports of him being addicted to Adderall and taking a leave of absence to attend drug rehab.* MMA Fighting contacted Goldberg directly on Friday, asking for comment on his health, and the commentator denied the pill addiction rumor and said he hopes to return to work by the next UFC on Fox event later this month.

“Those rumors out there are not true,” Goldberg said via text to MMA Fighting. ”I’m dealing with a complicated health issue but feeling better and hoping to be back to 100 percent by Jan. 26.”

Goldberg did not provide more details about his health issues but reporter Ariel Helwani also wrote that “according to multiple sources close to Goldberg, who all asked to remain anonymous, the broadcaster suffered from a severe upper respiratory infection in October.”

“The already-asthmatic Goldberg was then treated with large doses of medication to open the airway and treat  the infection. Goldberg’s doctor later confirmed that the medication taken to treat the infection in combination with his normal asthma medication caused severe side effects that affected his ability to work, which according to the same sources, was the reason he missed UFC 155,” he continued.

* In light of Goldberg’s latest statement, we’ve taken down our previous post about the rehab rumor. Whatever’s he’s dealing with, we wish Mike a full and speedy recovery.

- Elias Cepeda

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teep- January 8, 2013 at 11:52 am
I think something is fishy here. I think it would be really hard to fly all over the world and not miss any events ever when you have asthma. Plus, I am surprised that he never has said anything about his asthma. I wonder if "asthma" is the new "exhaustion".
Old_Bald_and_Irish- January 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm
Okay...so here's my crazy-ass asthma drug story: A few years ago, I totally crashed physically from a sinus infection that put my asthma into high-gear. I was sick as a dog for over two weeks. I go to the doc and he puts me on Predizone; a steroid. I ask if there are side effects. Ya know..."Can I still drink alcohol?" They always say "no" but that never stops us. Anyway, I'm on this for just 2 days and I start to lose control of my inner-monologue. So I'm at work talking to people about issues to a project and in my head I'm thinking "Well yeah, Steve's no fuckin' help in getting this taken care of because he always fucks up his assignments." Meanwhile, Steve is standing RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and the above quote went right from my head and straight outta my mouth. I walk back to my desk, start working on the computer for about 15 minutes and say to myself "Wait...did I say that out loud?" You bet your ass I did. This was followed by several more instances of the exact same thing followed by a panic attack in a grocery store which led to a total public freak-out when the person in line in front of me had more that 10 items in the express lane (don't ya hate that?) and then whipped out a check to pay for his food. I lost my shit, threw my food onto the ground, bolted for the automatic door, when it didn't open fast enough I kicked it and almost busted it off the hinges. I IMMEDIATELY went across the street to my pharmacy to talk to the pharmacist. He says "Yeah, after long term use of Predizone, like 1 or 2 months, there can be psychological side effects. How long have you been on it?" I tell him, "4 days...". My doctor kept me on it for another 9 fuckin' days of freak outs, panic attacks and inappropriate verbal comments at work. So...yeah. Hope ya feel better soon, Goldy.
monkeyknuckler- January 8, 2013 at 6:42 am
Yo, I was on Prednisone for a year and didn't flip out once. I think your wiring is faulty.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- January 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm
I certainly hope that Goldy does not have a pill addiction. I also suffer from asthma and I can tell you first-hand that several asthma drugs have WICKED BAD side-effects.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm
SUCKS TO YER ASS-MAR!
Mike_Goldberg- January 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm
Its all lies someone help me! Rogan has me tied up in his isolation drug chamber constantly channeling DMT smoke in here. You gotta help me. O fuck fuck fuck I hear him coming back now... he's about 5 miles away but Istill hear him.. o god plz help...
cman- January 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Denial is a sign of addiction. Just sayin....
Mr_Misanthropy- January 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm
Denial is not a river in Egypt.
smellypiratehooker- January 7, 2013 at 9:41 am
To take a book out of Goldie's page. welcome back goldberg! This update brought to you by Aderall. When sleeping just isn't an option dew to rigorous work schedules, take Aderall!, and find the energy you never thought you had. Side effects include brainfarts, mindless observations, awkward sales pitches and sweats.
Pen Fifteen- January 7, 2013 at 7:18 am
Now all you guys need to do is take down that "fail of the year" post and you'll be mostly squared away.
ArmFarmer- January 7, 2013 at 7:06 am
Don't think you really needed to remove the previous post. You confused a complicated health issue for adderall addiction, but everything else is virtually identical...
The Librarian- January 7, 2013 at 6:25 am
Take out "As Goldie himself might say" and you might actually have a joke there, Cepeda. You shouldn't have to explain the joke, but we're taking baby steps.
Mood- January 7, 2013 at 6:01 am
I guess we'll just be seeing his proteghy.. portgehe.. protegi.. protégé Jon Anik on the FX/Fox cards from now on then. Shame, thought the guy did a good job.
Fried Taco- January 7, 2013 at 5:59 am
You know what's good for asthma? Joe Rogan.
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