Sid Rosenberg DUI Arrest: His Addictions, in His Own Words (Updated)

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Update, 6/28: Rosenberg was on WFAN earlier today and discussed, among many other things, the DUI case. Click here for the arrest report.

Original post, 4/13:
Popular Miami sports radio host Sid Rosenberg was fired earlier this week after being arrested on DUI charges. After news of his arrest broke on the Pulp last, details of the arrest came out and showed this was no ordinary drunk-driving stop -- according to police, Rosenberg was lying in the road, crying and trying to make himself vomit. An ugly scene indeed.

But it's an unusual situation for another reason -- not many accused drunk drivers have written books about their addictions. Rosenberg has spoken about his struggles with addiction on the air and in interviews for years, and the topic takes up a significant portion of his 2010 book, You're Wrong and You're Ugly.

If it happened the way police said it did, Rosenberg could have killed himself or somebody else on the roads. But the Pulp has published some mightily embarrassing things about him over the past week, and You're Wrong and You're Ugly helps paint a picture that's a little more complete.

It's got chapters with titles like "Maybe Getting Loaded Before That Press Conference Wasn't a Good Idea" and, mixed in with stuff about how he was almost in Bee Movie with Jerry Seinfeld and why Mike Golic is stupid, there are a lot of very personal insights into the balls-to-the-wall attitude that's sent him to multiple stints in rehab and lost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in sports betting.

Although he hasn't commented on the most recent incident, he tweeted "I WILL be back." (He also called a Twitter hater a "fucking dolt," but that's business as usual.)

Below are six selections from the book that give Rosenberg's take on his addictions -- to booze, to coke, to gambling -- and might actually help people who are going through this stuff. They're not the only discussions of addiction in the book, and it's available online if you want to read more.

The headings and brackets below are mine; all the rest of the words are his. I've added additional paragraph breaks because the book has massive chunks of text, and your eyes would hurt if I didn't.

1. Bipolar disorder and "full-speed ahead"
Can I be happy? No, I can't. I've gone to enough shrinks and therapists to figure this out. How could I possibly be happy? I have a gorgeous, beautiful, and doting wife. I've got two great children. I've made more than a million dollars. I had the best job in the world at WFAN, and I've had two great jobs since. I have great parents, family, and friends. [...]

They say in the meetings that when things are going really badly, that seems a good time to go and blow your brains out.

The scary part is that when things are going really, really well, it's also a great time to go out and blow your brains out.

That's kind of been me. I've been diagnosed bipolar, and I've had my share of ups and downs. I've never been able to find that middle ground. I've never done anything in moderation, including my job. My job is an 18-hour-a-day job. I never did drugs in moderation, I never gambled in moderation, I never drank in moderation. I have never done my show in moderation, either. With me, everything is full-speed ahead.

2. Working drunk
Throughout my life I've always been a recreational drug user -- a binge guy and a weekend warrior. Contrary to what some people think, I never once showed up for work--Imus or FAN or anywhere else -- drunk or on drugs. Ever.

Part of the reason I got into trouble with [Don] Imus was that I would call in at 5:00 or 6:00 am and say, "Hey, I'm really fucked up. I don't think I can come in today." Usually the recommendation was, "Just get here. Throw on a pair of sunglasses, take a shower, and just get to work." I just couldn't do it. I was so anxious and nervous because I knew I was fucked up. [...]

My MO was that once I went to rehab, it wasn't going to happen in front of my wife again. I wasn't going to do it in Florida. I wasn't going to come home after being out all night. If I was away for the Super Bowl for eight days or for the Pro Bowl or something like that, that's usually when I got into trouble. When I was away from home and in settings where there were parties, I couldn't help myself.

3. Drink of choice: all of them
I prefer vodka, but I'd drink anything. I'd drink scotch, I'd drink rum, I'll drink gin, I'll drink whatever the fuck you have, but vodka is my beverage of choice. And it makes me laugh; they go, "What kind of vodka do you want?" I'm like, "Are you kidding me?" They'd go, "You want Skyy Vodka, you want Absolut Vodka, you want Stolichnaya, you want Grey Goose?" Just give me the fucking vodka. I don't care if you give me Gordon's. Give me fucking vodka. I don't give a fuck.

4. His first trip to college
My stay at the University of Miami lasted only three months because all I did every single day was do coke and eat Cap'n Crunch. I never went to class. I went to Miami premed, got there in August and came home in November. I had lost almost 30 pounds.

5. On being told how successful he could have been
I hear the same thing in Miami. Hank Goldberg retires, this guy's leaving, that guy's leaving, you stay straight Sid, and in three years you'll be the biggest star in the history of Miami sports talk radio. I've heard it a million times from huge people in the business. But then I've derailed myself a couple million times.

6. Trying to help
When you go into rooms for meetings, a lot of these people are down on their luck. They've lost their wives, their kids, their homes, they have nothing. And they know who you are, and they know you've had a modicum of success.

I like talking to people. I think I'm a nice person; if I can help somebody I certainly will try. [...] On the air, it's a big joke. Off the air and in that situation I certainly try to tell them what I've been through and what could be in store for them if they don't get help. [...] But I never tell them what to do. I've fallen off the fucking thing a million times, a million. I'm nobody's example. 


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Mosilkymo
Mosilkymo

Couldn't have happened to a better guy. This racist piece of ish!

Biggdubbz
Biggdubbz

I knew Sid back in Brooklyn. He borrowed $300.00 from me for a gambling debt and then disappeared. I heard he had a sports show in Florida and then he resurfaced when I heard him on WFAN in New York. I called him about the money and he did send me a check. I'm assuming epm54338 loaned him money as well. He just called in to WFAN and that's how I learned about his most recent arrest.

epm54338
epm54338

Rosenberg is a lowlife scumbag ... Some of his lies were/are in the form of begging former coworkers and friends to borrow hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars to bail him out of his gambling losses. ... He promised to pay everyone back, but DOESN'T. ... He gets his six-figure income gigs and ducks and dodges his debtors from NYC down to Florida. ... He even borrowed money from people who he trashed behind their back. ... He's a giant pile of dung.

Mikasjr
Mikasjr

Jesus can help, just ask The WhoSoEvers. Google it. God bless you.

goodriddance
goodriddance

so happy he is off the air. looked down his nose at everyone in this market. total new york snob.

Pochilin13
Pochilin13

Soooo easy to talk shyt! Get well pal, listen to u soon.....

Rgfarrell
Rgfarrell

When Sid gives the rooms a real chance, then he can judge. I am a working professional who goes to meetings on a regular basis. When Sid recognizes that he is no better than the rest of us in the rooms, then he has a chance. Stop being a legend in his own mind and get humble.

milkman
milkman

sid you need help get god in your life first.

FQS9000
FQS9000

A habitual addict.  He will never heal until he finds himself in a ditch, out of his house, out of his marriage, out of his job, broke and covered with vomit.  At that point and only then, will the light bulb go on.  Until then, anybody with a brain will keep the hell away from him.  He does NOT need help.

He needs pain. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Having personally battled various substance abuse problems through the years, I have come to learn one important lesson.

It's not about "bad people getting good", it's about "sick people getting well."

Katentrrprises
Katentrrprises

Right on man. Those who are resentful at SIDS lack of getting real with himself have to ask where their own issues are being triggered by someone else's journey. Are we ok with loving somebody, without enabling them, even if they NEVER 'get it?' Serenity PLEASE!

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

I didn't mean to make his words sound like he wanted to be a celebrity at meetings -- for what it's worth, my impression from the book was that he'd much rather nobody recognize him.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

I would never have imagined me to say this...

But I agree.

Never take away the person's right to hit rock bottom.

Chaz Stevens, Douche Bag
Chaz Stevens, Douche Bag

 Now we know why you attack people all of the time. You are a BAD person Chaz and sick too. Stop attacking people for sport and put your intelligence to good use for once.

Nocahcwerdna
Nocahcwerdna

Bipolar and an addict? Recipe for disaster! I'm praying for you man.

JustSayin
JustSayin

One MAJOR point Rich (the writer) doesn't point out and that is ALL addicts are liars.They make the story fit the fantasy of their addiction.  1. Never went to work high.2. Perfect wife and home life. (married to an enabler or co dependent person)3. Addicts do EVERYTHING to excess;  even cheating on their spouses.  You don't go to strip clubs for the "vodka" and "artistic dances".  You go for the back room, the back seat of the car...the cheap hourly motel room.

Until an addict admits the truth and cleans up for him/herself the cycle will continue until death or prison.  He thinks things have been tough for him;  the toughest is yet to come;HONESTY.

Been there done that; I hope he does too.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

We'll never know what makes Chaz act the way he does. But I think those Deerfield Beach commissioners are evidence that he's put his head to good use at least thrice.

Katenterprises
Katenterprises

Yes, all addicts are liars--to themselves. Denial is the opposite wing on the plane of addiction. But if the man says he never did something why not take him at his word. I know what it's like to struggle in addiction and have at least some things that were true to hang on to. Let the man walk in his own journey.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

I didn't say he was a liar because I don't know that he's a liar. I don't know if he went to work high or if he has a perfect home life, though people will draw lots of conclusions from his past words and actions. You've drawn quite a few. I just wanted to offer people a small slice of what he's said about it, truth or not.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Rich;

I merely go from one corrupt politician to the next.  Thankfully, as long as the world keeps belching forth folks like Sylvia Poitier, I'll also have a next target.

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