Saturday September 19, 2020

Sports pundit Richie Sadlier on a long road to recovery

Footballer Richie Sadlier went from living the dream to suffering the nightmare of addiction. Now sober, with a new career, a new wife and a new book, he is ready to talk about his demons

13th October, 2019
Richie Sadlier: ‘If I drank in the morning, my marriage would be over by Christmas’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Thirty seconds after Richie Sadlier walked off set, the tears came. “As soon as I left the Late Late Show stage,” he says. “I felt this instant release of emotion.”

It was last Friday week, and Sadlier had spent 15 minutes telling Ryan Tubridy his story. In this very public arena, the former footballer had explained how, as a teenager, he had been sexually abused by a physiotherapist. He explained how...

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