This is altogether more lighthearted news than the story Eric Freeman brought you earlier this month about Earl Monroe’s dalliances with the ABA’s Indiana Pacers. While promoting his new book "Earl the Pearl: My Story," Monroe told Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch about a harrowing encounter with a very, very illegal and dangerous drug: PCP, commonly known as “angel dust.” Earl the Pearl apparently ingested the stuff at a party at former Baltimore Colt (and future Police Academy repertory player) Bubba Smith’s house. Unaware of what he was smoking, Monroe did not enjoy his experience.
If you don’t have time to listen to the podcast, The Washington Post’s Sarah Kogod thankfully transcribed the discussion for all to see, and we very much appreciate her putting these words on HTML record. Not that Monroe could see anything, after getting wet. Here’s Pearl’s tale of woe:
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But Bubba was a great guy, and he was one of the only athletes that I knew that lived in downtown Baltimore. And so, he had a great apartment and he threw a lot of parties. And this one particular evening, I was at his party and there was this guy who came up to me and asked me…he said, ‘Hey Earl. Do you wanna do this?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘Aw, man. Just take a toke. Don’t take to much.’ And I said ‘Alright.’