Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has revealed how his battle with alcohol addiction led to him having sex with a girl on a car bonnet.
The Gunners legend spoke candidly to the Times about his struggle with booze early in his playing career.
Adams admitted it was a lonely, dark fight with alcohol before that, which he says was a period of “self loathing” and “self destruction” and led him to behave irrationally, including urinating himself, and smashing bottles on his own head.
Recounting the bonnet incident with the female, Adams said: “I gave them (his parents) a hell of a lot of trauma.
“I went to a party in Essex, took a load of gear, smoking weed, pissed, possibly hard drugs.
“And I had sex with a girl on the car. Dad came round the next day, and said, ‘You drunk b******, everyone’s talking about you, you’re shagging this girl on a car bonnet, who do you think you are?’
“The shame on the family. Because it was in a blackout, I went, ‘You’re off your trolley, don’t be ridiculous, yeah, I had a few beers with my mates, went to a party.’ I’d have gone to my grave going ‘no chance’.”
Adams revealed that it was only at an AA meeting in Hong Kong that he found out the truth, when another attendee told him he’d seen him having sex with the girl.
During his playing career, Adams was part of the notorious ‘Tuesday club’ at Arsenal, which involved regular heavy drinking sessions.
After achieving sobriety following Euro ’96, Adams went on to set up the Sporting Chance clinic t help sportspeople with addictions.
He was awarded for his efforts at the Football Business Awards, receiving the accolade of ‘Global Football Ambassador’ – which he said trumps any of the trophies and awards he won during his career.
Adams played for Arsenal his entire career, and led the Gunners to a league and cup double in 1998, scoring on the final day of the Premier League season.
He was capped 66 times by England, retiring from playing in 2002, before holding management spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Porsmouth, Gabala and Granada.
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