After a couple of days of speculation and a report out of Houston, it has now been confirmed that Billy Gillispie has entered the John Lucas Center in Houston, Texas to begin alcohol rehab treatment. As many know, Lucas struggled with his own addictions in his post-playing days and his rehab center is well-known for its ability to help those with similar struggles. Gillispie had been reported to be in Houston working with Lucas and it is likely that after that time, he made the decision to enter the facility.
As many know, we have been hard on Gillispie for some time on this site, especially for his actions in the past year. Having said that, I believe in redemption and know firsthand the way in which alcoholism can ruin lives. I applaud Billy Gillispie for his decision to seek help and I wish him nothing but the best. I have spent a great deal of time making Gillispie jokes and his problems with alcohol have been a punch line for many on this blog. That ends today. The first step in changing behavior is to admit having a problem, and that step is often the most difficult. With Gillispie’s decision, he has taken that action today and I pray that this becomes the step necessary to turn his life around.