Too much money led to drugs, Tarpley says
Former Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley says the money and pressures involved in being a basketball star led him to alcohol and drugs and, ultimately, a lifetime ban from the NBA. Tarpley, who lives in a north Dallas townhouse when he's not in a Houston drug rehabilitation center, told The Dallas Morning News: "In the end, just say that I tried to be hip, slick and cool and get high on the sly. That's all you have to know about why I am where I am."
The 7-footer was kicked out of the league for refusing to take a drug test Oct. 16. The ban ended Tarpley's rocky five-year career with the Mavericks, who drafted him seventh overall from Michigan in 1986. "I guess once I got hold of a lot of money, I thought I could party, stop, and do the job," Tarpley said. "It didn't work out that way. I just kept partying. As soon as I got hold of money, my decision-making went all out of whack."