Art Schlichter blames addiction for latest legal problems

Speaking for the first time since he was thrown back in jail last month on charges that he swindled a woman out of $1 million, former NFL draft bust Art Schlichter said his problems are the fault of his addiction to gambling.

In a jailhouse interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Schlichter stressed that he considers himself to be suffering from an addiction, and he never used the word “gambling,” perhaps in an attempt to garner sympathy for what he suggests is behavior that he simply can’t control. Schlichter, whom the Colts selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1982 draft, has spent much of his life in prison for various crimes that he committed to fuel his gambling habit.

It’s beyond tough,” Schlichter said. “When you let your guard down a little bit, when you don’t have the proper support or you don’t use that support, you put yourself in these situations. Hopefully, I will have an opportunity to get some treatment, make things right with people and try to help others who struggle in the same way.”

At this point, it’s hard to see why anyone would trust Schlichter to get treatment and make things right: He’s been committing crimes to finance his gambling for three decades, and in and out of jail his entire adult life. The biggest surprise in the latest charges against Schlichter is that there was still someone willing to trust him with her money.

30 responses to “Art Schlichter blames addiction for latest legal problems

  1. Art’s cellmate had the same problem. He “let his guard down for a moment” and “gambled” that he could snatch the jewels from the case and make it around the corner and down the alley before the cops got there. Now he’s dealing with his addiction one day at a time. For the next 5 to 10 years.

  2. Sounds like he’s one heck of a salesman.

    “Hi, I’m a convicted felon that has spent most of my life in prison for gambling, theft, etc. How about you give me $1 million to invest for you?”

  3. I think he’ll say whatever he needs to say at any given point in time. The only way to protect the world from people like him is to outfit them with a collar that lights up and makes loud noises whenever they are lying.

    Its a sad tale, but he’s not the victim.

  4. Who …… cares?

    Art Schlichter will never take responsibility for a single bad choice in his life.

  5. I’m surprised Browns fans aren’t crying for Art to be the team’s quarterback coach. He’s a former Buckeye after all, and that’s all that matters to them.

  6. Is it an addiction? Yes. Does that mean he gets a pass? Hell no. Plenty of addicts are sitting in prison for their first offense. The only difference here is that the actual addiction isn’t illegal on it’s own.

  7. While I appreciate that Mr. Schlichter used to play pro football, I hope that the only reason I have read multiple posts about him in the past couple weeks is due to the slow nature of football news. Given his track record, I don’t think he deserves the attention he is getting and that it would be best for all if he was left to disappear into the annals of NFL obscurity.

    Forget about Schlichter; he’s not worth posting about.

  8. There are tens of thousands of gambling addicts out there. They don’t all fund their addictions swindling people.

    Schlichter may in fact be a gambling addict, but that has nothing to do with him being a con man and a recidivist criminal.

    The fact is, this man has the uncanny ability to charm people out of their life savings, and the black soul necessary to do it.

  9. Art needs psychotherapy and meds. He’s in no position to self-diagnose himself.

  10. I know some people who are addicted to gambling, but they don’t steal and they don’t swindle people out of money. They sell all their possessions and run out of money. Whenever they get some money, they sadly gamble it away. But they never get money illegally.

    These are two separate events: Gambling addiction and crime. They are only related because they both concern money.

  11. In response to the poster above me while I do think Schlichter is a scum bag I don’t think he is not worth posting about…

    He as been doing interviews as recent as last year talking about how he was over his disease and helping people…

    He had been clean for several years and I honestly believed he was better (I now have egg all over my face)

    So I do believe it is worth posting about at least one final time to truly show this guy for the jack@$$ that he is.

  12. It’s amazing that people still give this guy a chance. nekeland is right, there has got to be a story more deserving of attention than this one.

    couldntthinkofaname says:
    Mar 6, 2011 9:50 PM
    I’m surprised Browns fans aren’t crying for Art to be the team’s quarterback coach. He’s a former Buckeye after all, and that’s all that matters to them.


    I’m no fan of the Browns, but this is really a stupid comment.

  13. couldntthinkofaname says:
    Mar 6, 2011 9:50 PM

    I’m surprised Browns fans aren’t crying for Art to be the team’s quarterback coach. He’s a former Buckeye after


    Would you please explain the thought process behind that rediculous statement? Facts, please.

  14. @nekelund says:
    Forget about Schlichter; he’s not worth posting about.
    Except for you.

  15. hobartbaker says: Mar 7, 2011 12:20 AM

    @3octaveFart…..I’m banned from public washrooms.


    Please fee free to withhold the details of the reason(s) for this ban and if you are a friend of Larry Craig then we will understand…

  16. It’s so easy to dump on this guy because he still has not taken control of his addiction BUT make no mistake about it he is an addict.

    Alcohol, drugs, gambling, promiscuous sex are all part and parcel of the same problem. All of you posters out there who have never had an addiction problem or had a close family member have one go on and raise your hand.

    Look at that–no hands.

  17. At least he never said he has a disease in this particular article. Few things enrage me more than people making bad CHOICES (drinking too much, taking too many drugs etc) and calling it a DISEASE.
    Diabetes is a disease, cancer is a disease. Betting money to excess and swindling people? Not so much.

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