Chopra: No Bets in Four Months Friday, 17th Feb 2012 08:00
Michael Chopra has revealed that he has not had a bet in more than four months as he continues his on-going battle to beat a gambling addiction.
The Town striker also wishes he had confronted his problem sooner and has publicly thanked everyone at Portman Road for the support they have given him.
Chopra said: “It’s 18 weeks now since I had a bet. I just wish I’d come clean and made the change sooner. I realise I’m now starting to grow up, learning things like how to really appreciate life.
“None of the players has taken the mickey. They have all been fantastic and stood behind me. They appreciate it is not easy trying to beat an addiction and recover to lead a normal life.
“Everybody at the club, not just the other players, has been brilliant. It was difficult to own up to the problem. It was embarrassing but I realised it had to be done.”
Chopra, who spent three weeks in rehab at the renowned Sporting Chance clinic, has roared back to form with four goals in his last three games, after losing his place in the starting line-up at the start of this year.
He added: “The manager was right to drop me. I was neither playing well nor scoring goals, but I was determined to get back and I’m delighted now with the way things are going.”
Well done chopra!! i have the same problem as him and whenever im in town i cant stay out of ladbrooks!! i know its my own choice but for those who say its not a addiction/illness they need to do one!!!
Amongst all the moans and groans, here is something for everyone at our club to be proud of and take a good deal of satisfaction from. As the addiction and worry begin to recede, so the form and goals return. Chops' talent is undeniable (I live in the North East and have sat next to his Uncle at St James Park) and long may his current scoring streak continue.
It's a difficult addicition to conquer so well done to him. Unfortunately the temptation is always there. All these adverts on TV don't help but just bear in mind the millions in profits that are funding the likes of Stoke City. Whenever you bet you bet against ITFC. The best way to view these ads is that they are an invitation to Johnny Foreigner to give their money to this country - there may be no betting tax but there is still profits tax.