Paper runs compromising Maradona photos
Posted: Friday August 20, 2004 1:11AM; Updated: Friday August 20, 2004 1:37AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican newspaper published photos Thursday of Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona allegedly snorting cocaine in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Cuba.
The grainy photos, taken off video allegedly filmed during Maradona's wild rehab parties, showed the soccer legend walking around naked among friends, inhaling cocaine off a plate and having sex with his girlfriend.
The newspaper said the footage was recorded in March, shortly before Maradona left for Argentina. It also reported that his girlfriend was pregnant and expecting a baby in November.
Maradona, an admitted cocaine addict, has been receiving drug treatment in Buenos Aires since early May, after he was rushed twice to a clinic for heart and lung problems.
He is prohibited from abandoning his rehab program after several family members sought a legal injunction preventing him from leaving Argentina without their consent.
Maradona's former wife and parents have reportedly urged him to remain at home, but he and his medical team have expressed interest in continuing his treatment in Cuba or Switzerland.
Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup championship and 1990 final, and retired in 1997. In 2000, FIFA chose him and Pele as the greatest players in soccer history.