(Any of you blokes got any Visine?)
Last weekend was one that former boxing champion Ricky Hatton likely wants to forget.
Not only did "The Hitman" get knocked out with one punch in a drunken bar fight, he also got sold out to a tabloid by a lady friend who filmed the British boxer snorting copious amounts of cocaine off of a table and a toilet lid in her hotel.
Now Hatton has had to answer to the press and his fiancee for his behavior and has reportedly pulled a Tiger Woods, admitting himself into rehab to escape the media spotlight while he sorts out his problems and waits for the dust to settle. The official statement from his spokesperson is that Hatton is being treated for "depression and a drinking problem" and that "the drugs are quite recent and not actually the problem."
Now, I’m not justifying Hatton being out on the town with another woman or for getting wasted on coke and a few gallons of booze and acting like an idiot, but the fact that the woman, who claims to be a worried friend, went to the papers instead of contacting his family makes me think she set him up for a paycheck.
In the story from the British gossip rag, News of the World, the woman, who was identified as Irish boxer, Emma Bowe, says she first discovered Hatton was using cocaine months ago when he mistakenly pulled out a bag filled with white powder instead of his hotel key.
It’s a somewhat odd coincidence that she had a video camera set up in her hotel room which seemed to already be rolling when they walked into the suite.
"I’m doing this for Ricky’s own good," she told News of the World. "I hope he gets help and advice before cocaine destroys him."
You mean like a lady friend going to the media with a video of him doing coke off a toilet seat while his fiancee was sitting at home with his child?
(Hatton and his concerned friend smiling for the hidden camera in her hotel room.)