By Lindsey DiMattina, Hollywood.com Staff
As the whole world must know, Charlie Sheen has done his fair share of partying, and is no stranger to drugs. He has spoken openly about his crazy ways, and is not ashamed of where he has been in his life. But when it comes to other people, specifically athletes, Sheen appears to have mixed opinions on the topic of drug abuse. On Wednesday night, Sheen a self professed baseball fanatic sat down with Jay Leno to discuss his thoughts on the Baseball Hall of Fame not inducting anyone this year, a decision connected to the drug allegations associated with many of the potential candidates. And of course, the conversation turned to the infamous Lance Armstrong controversy as well.
To give some background on the baseball subject, earlier in January, the Baseball Writers Association of America failed to vote any former players into the Baseball Hall of Fame, marking the first time that had happened since 1996. Barry Bonds, who had a major-league record of 762 home runs and seven MVP awards, and Roger Clemens, who won 354 games, were both believed to be neglected because of their associations with steroid use. While both men had the credentials to make it into the Hall of Fame, both were investigated and charged with lying about their abuse of steroids during their careers (albeit their passing of ordered drug tests). Clemens was exonerated, but Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice.
As a baseball fan and partier, Sheen is on the fence about these men being passed over for the Hall of Fame, citing the lack of proof as his primary issue. ""I was really disappointed, but it sends a real message though. Doesn't it?"" he told Leno. ""They're really holding these guys responsible with not a lot of actual proof. That's the part that bothers me.""
Sheen understands both sides of the argument, and had a simple idea on how to solve the dilemma. ""I think they should have one guy [on each team] that's allowed to take steroid,s and he's just huge,"" he said jokingly.
The former Two and a Half Men star then spoke about the days that he himself took steroids while filming Major League in 1989. ""I did and it brought my fastball from a modest 75 up to like 84,"" he said. ""But I was in a bad mood, Jay. And I had that silly haircut for the movie. I was in bars getting made fun for that. It was just like, 'Bring it on!' It was bad. I was really aggressive. It's a trip, the way it changes your mind.""
Despite being on the fence about the Baseball Hall of Fame controversy, Sheen still completely backs Bonds. ""I still think Bonds is greatest hitter of all time,"" he said.
This then brought Leno and Sheen to the topic of Lance Armstrong lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. ""He's kind of a douche,"" Sheen said. ""Wow, I didn't just say that, did I? Sorry, Lance.""
Leno agreed a little too quickly, assuming that Sheen's animosity was founded solely in Armstrong's drug abuse scandal. But the host stood corrected: ""That's based on meeting him,"" Sheen said. ""I was at a party. He was talking to Sheryl Crow at the time, and I walked up and said, 'Hi, Mr. Armstrong. I'm Charlie Sheen. I just want to say hello.' He goes, 'That's nice.'"" This didn't settle too well with Sheen. ""Sorry to bother you there, Captain B***hin',"" he joked. ""Go get a paper route, dude.""
Still, Sheen and Leno agreed that they were mad because Armstrong's lies ruined the lives of so many of his colleagues and contemporaries. ""That was creepy,"" Sheen said. ""If he was a better guy, I think, in his life, he'd be forgiven a lot faster and a lot easier. Kind of like me.""
That gave Leno the fuel he needed to profess his deep admiration of Sheen's crazy past. ""I say this all the time and I'll say it to your face,"" Leno said. ""Americans will accept anything except hypocrisy. You say, 'Look. I like drugs. I like girls.' You're not a hypocrite. People say thank you for being honest and applaud you for that.""
Do they really, though, Leno?
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[Photo Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC]
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