Houston Astros prospect: 'I'm a drug addict'

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The Houston Astros starlet Jonathan Singleton has opened up about his problems with drug addiction following his second suspension for failing a drugs test.

At the time of his second suspension, an official statement from his representatives highlighted a "lack of judgement", but now the first base prospect has revealed the real reason behind his issues.

Opening up in an interview with the Associated Press, Singleton revealed that he was currently dealing with his addiction to pot.

"At this point it's pretty evident to me that I'm a drug addict," he told The Associated Press near the Astros' camp.

"I don't openly tell everyone that, but it's pretty apparent to myself.

"I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can't block that out of my mind that I enjoy that," he said. "So I have to work against that.

"I knew I had a problem," he said. "Even after I failed the second drug test I couldn't stop smoking weed. It was really bad. Me going there was definitely the best move."

Singleton was banned for 50 games in January last year following his second drug violation of minor league baseball's drug policy.

Although claiming to have not touched weed in over a year he also admits that he ran into addiction again in the form of alcohol.

"I went through some slight anxiety, some depression because I wasn't being successful," he said. "That was definitely difficult and that drove me to drink."

Singleton appears to be working his way past his troubles, with the AP reporting that he turned up for spring training with the AStros clean and in good shape.

He has a small chance to open in the 2014 season with the Astros but will more than likely enjoy another stint in Triple-A. 


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