|Chopra: No Bets in Four Months|
Friday, 17th Feb 2012 08:00 by 0
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.”
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|sixx added 08:08 - Feb 17|
I bet he has!!
|AshFinland added 08:17 - Feb 17|
@ Sixx...Grow up.
|roytheboy added 08:19 - Feb 17|
Well done Michael, stay on course and your life will become much content, I think it will also help to make you top scorer in the Championship !
|bluelady added 08:22 - Feb 17|
He will always see town in a good light, the way everyone fans too rallied together is a credit for once. Cardiff should hold their heads in shame!!
|hampstead_blue added 08:37 - Feb 17|
I'd love to read a further article when Chops tells us it's 36 weeks, 60 weeks........ect ect
|ITFC1983 added 08:44 - Feb 17|
I am now 5 years without a bet and all the stronger for it. I applaud Chopra for his openness and wish him all the best. Keep it up!
|WREXHAM_BLUE added 08:48 - Feb 17|
Well done Chops; keep going fella.
|irishtim added 08:51 - Feb 17|
Well done Michael & proud of our club for helping you out.
|BoxerBlue added 08:53 - Feb 17|
Keep going chops you can do it BLUE ARMY !!!
|sonian_blue added 09:03 - Feb 17|
As long as you keep bagging them Chops...youll do for me and thanks to your strike the other night, I aws quids in.
More of the same against the Sheepshaggers tomorrow please.
|suffolkpoker added 09:04 - Feb 17|
im proud once again to be a town fan!
well done chopra :)
|spanish_archer added 09:08 - Feb 17|
Well done Chops...
He must hate the adverts between football games as there all betting ones.
Nice gag sixx....you gotta keep a sense of humour on these things!
|CertainIberianLady added 09:19 - Feb 17|
He's got a sweet little accumulator on 20 goals + Ipswich to finish 14th + no gambling until the end of May.
|Marcus added 09:34 - Feb 17|
I made a resolution on 1.1.09 to not gamble. I haven't gambled since, not even a fruit machine.
|Ginger_Blue added 09:54 - Feb 17|
Good news hopefully he'll bag another 10 goals before May!
|AndyStannard added 10:03 - Feb 17|
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!!!
|james1989 added 10:07 - Feb 17|
i know how hard it is because im hooked a little bit now, im betting everyday, i admit not betting hundreds or thousands but still adds up! well done chops
|shiminywho added 10:08 - Feb 17|
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.
|yorksblue added 10:10 - Feb 17|
TWTD Prediction league is the closest I get, and I'm hooked, so god knows what it's like if there was money involved. Well done and keep it up.
|Bluetone added 10:28 - Feb 17|
Way to go Chops keep at it one day at a time.
|Southamptonblue added 10:33 - Feb 17|
Keep up the good work Chops, both on and off the ptich
And well done to everyone else at the club for helping him out.
|blueoxford added 10:41 - Feb 17|
It's great that he says that our club and fans have been very supportive. Was that not the case at Cardiff or had he just not faced up to the problem at that stage?
|Arthur added 10:46 - Feb 17|
Well done Chops ... Stay strong Mate
Loving your work on the pitch and of course, the goals
|jert16 added 11:03 - Feb 17|
Michael chopra.. ipswich number 10!!!!
|TurinBlue added 11:25 - Feb 17|
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.
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