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Ahead of book tour, Wambach admits to years of drug and alcohol abuse

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Honorees Abby Wambach (L) and Kobe Bryant (R) accept the Icon Award from recording artist Justin Timberlake onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Abby Wambach has admitted to long bouts with alcohol and drug abuse, the legendary USWNT striker admitted in a publicity run for her upcoming book, “Forward”.

Wambach, 36, plead guilty to DUI in April.

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The big American striker from Rochester, N.Y., scored 184 goals for her country during a 14-year career, adding 70 in limited club appearances.

She also thanks Sarah Huffman, whom she is divorcing, for helping her see the proverbial light.

From the Associated Press:

“Not only was I hiding this secret from the world for so long, so were the people that I loved — they loved me so fiercely they wanted to protect me as much as possible, almost from myself. Sarah was definitely one of my saving graces because she was one of the first people in my life who made me aware of the problems that I was having,” Wambach said. “And this was years ago. This isn’t something that just snuck up on me when I retired from soccer. This is something I’ve been dealing with for years now.”


“It’s really hard to talk about things when you’re ashamed,” she said. “And I’m not ashamed about what happened to me anymore because it led me to where I’m at right now. I’m proud of where I’m at.”

The book comes out on Tuesday.

Wambach also shared the news that she is the godmother to Dom and Sydney Leroux Dwyer’s kid Cassius Cruz Dwyer.

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