Josh Saunders in Substance Abuse Treatment

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  1. Hachiko

    Hachiko The Akita on Big Soccer

    Jun 8, 2005
    Long Beach, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  2. crookeddy

    crookeddy Member+

    Apr 27, 2004
    Could be worse. Could have been Wicks.
     
  3. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    OakTown
    Club:
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here's hoping the substances in question are largely jelly doughnuts.


    Seriously: Best wishes to Josh.
    Looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch asap.
     
  4. Hachiko

    Hachiko The Akita on Big Soccer

    Jun 8, 2005
    Long Beach, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Touche.
     
  5. esco300

    esco300 Member+

    May 8, 2011
    Seattle
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    so its Gaudette, MAGEE, PERK?
     
  6. Lurtz

    Lurtz Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    Foxboro, MA
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I would like to know this for fantasy reasons.
     
  7. juniorLA

    juniorLA Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    El Lay
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
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    United States
    Well said.

    This
     
  8. joshmartinez122

    Apr 18, 2011
    California
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Think about Josh guys. Soccer is not more important than anyone's well-being. Hope he gets the proper help.
     
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  9. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    So if he didn't fail a drug test, did he get arrested?

    Because it's hard to see a scenario where a player goes into a substance abuse program in the middle of the season voluntarily. Like, I can't see Josh just walking into Bruce's office after a bender and going "skip, I have problem, I need help."

    I suppose there could have been an intervention by the team or teammates or family and friends but other than that, you gotta figure there was either an arrest or a failed test.
     
  10. MPNumber9

    MPNumber9 Member+

    Oct 10, 2010
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I used to always joke that Saunders was high all the time (his eyes always look glassy and he blinks all the time).
     
  11. Benny Dargle

    Benny Dargle Member+

    Jul 23, 2008
    LA
  12. Replicant

    Replicant Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    Club:
    Kansas City Wizards
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe he did? Maybe he felt like it was taking too much control of his life and felt it might (if it hadn't already) spill into his career? It could've been, "Coach, I have a problem. I'm struggling here and I don't want it to affect my play for the team".

    Can't make assumptions about what sort of decisions a person is capable of, especially someone dealing with substance abuse. An intervention is likely, or maybe even someone close to him just prodding him to seek help and he finally was able to recognize he needed it.

    A close family friend checked themselves in after a hellish night. Hungover and convinced they didn't want to feel that way ever again. No one knew of the full extent of it prior to them checking in. They had a good job and held potential for moving up in their career. My point being, there are many many different ways this could've happened outside of an arrest or failed test and its not fair to Saunder's to assume that it had to go to that length.

    Solve the problem now and come back a healthier and more able person for your team. Or let it spiral further out of control over the course of a season. Thats a good enough reason for a player to voluntarily seek treatment, imo.

    Just my 2 cents as a non-LA fan. I hope for absolutely nothing but the best for Josh in his recovery. Substance abuse is no joke. This is a good thing for both his life and his career. Godspeed, Josh.
     
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  13. Geneva

    Geneva LA for Life

    Feb 5, 2003
    Southern Cal
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    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    best wishes to Josh in his recovery. I hope he gets better.
     
  14. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This.

    We need him. But he needs to heal himself first...
     
  15. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Austin FC
    Dec 17, 2002
    Texas
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thoughts and prayers are with you, Josh, and your family.

    I'm glad you see the need and you're getting help.
     
  16. Skevin

    Skevin Member+

    Aug 9, 2009
    Texas
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    It's probably an alcohol addiction especially if he took a drug test and nothing showed up.
     
  17. dashiel

    dashiel Member+

    Jul 15, 2000
    orange county
    Let’s not speculate. Best wishes to Josh on getting healthy.
     
  18. Finley

    Finley Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Under the blue sky
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Best wishes for a full recovery for Josh.
     
  19. hav77

    hav77 Member+

    May 31, 2010
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Yep, get well and hope you can put your life back in order...
     
  20. Berks

    Berks Member+

    Dec 22, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Best wishes. Come back soon man (once healed), you're missed.
     
  21. FlapJack

    FlapJack Member+

    Mar 3, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Yeh. I do hope Josh gets it together for himself, but this thread is sorely lacking in some tough love.

    Is this the same group of posters who are ready to run Franklin out of town because he mishits some crosses? If it turns out Saunders was involved in some sort of DUI, I'm not really going to be counting the days until he gets back onto the field.
     
  22. Berks

    Berks Member+

    Dec 22, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hopefully it's not something terrible like that. The fact that he's already in treatment is terrible, so I chose to focus on wishing him well.
     
  23. skydog

    skydog Member+

    Aug 1, 1999
    Durham, NC
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    DUI, whatever it is, I still wish him well. As long as he is trying to get over a substance abuse problem I'll root for him.
     
  24. ssanchez

    ssanchez Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wish him well, but the question has to be asked do we still carry his salary and do we have the right to after another keeper. We don't know how long he will be gone but could he be gone all season? If so we need to start looking for a starter ASAP
     

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