Published January 12, 2011
Ted Williams, the "golden-voiced" homeless man who became a media darling, is entering rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, People magazine reported Wednesday.
TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw was influential in the decision after Williams appeared on his talk-show Wednesday, admitting he still struggled with alcohol addiction.
Williams' admission comes two days after he was detained by Los Angeles Police following an alleged yelling altercation with his daughter.
"If Ted is ever going to get better, he's got to be honest with himself and admit he's addicted to drugs and alcohol,” said McGraw.
"I've told him it's not going to be easy and it's going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction," he added.
Williams was inundated with freebies, bookings and voiceover gigs after he was discovered by Doral Chenoweth, the web producer for the Columbus Dispatch, while Williams was panhandling on the side of a highway with a sign saying he had the God-given gift of a radio voice.
Proposed gigs include a five-second appearance in a Super Bowl commercial and voiceover work from NFL Films, while producers for the BBC, "Opie and Anthony" and "The Colbert Report" were also begging to book him, reports suggested.