Doug Gottlieb penned a personal essay on The Athletic this week about his situation at Notre Dame.
Most college sports fans know Doug Gottlieb as one of the top basketball analysts in the country. Over the past 15 years, he’s worked for the likes of ESPN, CBS and FOX Sports, appearing on numerous programs and hosting his own radio show. But before Gottlieb joined the media world, he was a college basketball player himself. His career was a bit controversial.
Gottlieb began his college career at Notre Dame in 1995, and soon became the team’s starting point guard. But after his freshman season, accusations came out that he’d stolen credit cards from fellow students and used them. He was eventually forced out of Notre Dame and charged with credit card fraud.
Gottlieb later transferred to Oklahoma State, where he played under Eddie Sutton. He became a serviceable player for the Cowboys, and even had a short international pro career.
Monday morning, Gottlieb opened up about his troubles at Notre Dame in an essay for The Athletic. He offered some advice to the UCLA players who were caught shoplifting in China, and revealed that not a day goes by that people don’t remind him of his transgressions.
Gottlieb explained his reasoning for stealing the credit cards – he simply didn’t think he’d get caught.
One night I was writing a paper on a computer that belonged to a guy in my dorm. No one was around. I was looking for a calculator, and when I opened the drawer I saw a credit card. I didn’t have one of my own. I looked at it, thought about it, closed the drawer. The next night I returned to use the computer again. This time I went for it. I didn’t have a plan. I just thought I’d use it and put it back. Who was going to know?
…as I look back, I am appalled at my behavior. Why did I do it? I can blame depression or whatever else was bothering me about Notre Dame, but here’s the real reason: I thought I could get away with it. I felt invincible. I had cheated on tests and been caught a few times, but I was always let off the hook. Besides, I rationalized that I was stealing from kids who had rich parents. I never stole from my roommate, partly because I knew his family didn’t have a lot of money. I also never stole from my teammates. All of that just rationalized my selfish behavior. None of it makes what I did OK. I was a thief. Period.
In the piece, Gottlieb also details his relationship with his father and how the mistake shaped his life. It’s definitely worth a read.