Many might know radio host and college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb specifically for his exploits as a broadcaster, but before he became a prominent talking head he was a college basketball star at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.
And the sordid reasons behind why he had to leave Notre Dame in 1996 have always been a footnote in Gottlieb’s history, but he took the time to give the first ever detailed account of what happened on Monday for The Athletic.
In a self-penned essay, Gottlieb explained the rash of thefts that led to him transferring away from Notre Dame in tremendous detail for the first time. He also related it back to the three UCLA players arrested in China for shoplifting late in 2017.
Essentially, Gottlieb explained how a crime of opportunity ultimately led to him swiping several credit cards and purchasing about $900 in stolen goods. He’d also go on to swipe books that weren’t his and sell them for cash at the student bookstore.
Gottlieb explains that depression was a factor in his poor decision-making without entirely blaming it. He expresses remorse and details how he’s used those events to fuel everything he went on to accomplish at Oklahoma State and now in broadcasting.
He also makes note of the fact that Notre Dame used a transfer to cover for his departure despite the fact that John MacLeod knew about the thefts and expressed regret over the fact that MacLeod was likely fired three years later in part because of him.
However, the primary purpose of Gottlieb’s tell-all nearly 22 years after the fact is to offer whatever lesson he can on how to overcome a series of mistakes like the ones he made. You might take issue with his reasoning or his general candor about the incidents, but the reality is that he has been able to move past what happened and make a life for himself.
He met his wife Angie at Oklahoma State and they have three children. He’s gone on to great success in a new industry and he seems to hope that can be a lesson to anyone who has made similar mistakes.
It might not stop the daily remarks he hears on social media about what he’s done, but you’ve got to give him some credit for attempting to make something good of all this.
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