first with Theo Fleury interview, harrowing details from
soon-to-be released book

Exclusive interview with troubled star reveals "absolute nightmare" of regular sexual abuse

TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Theoren Fleury's career had been one of the most spectacularly troubled in NHL history, fraught with angry outbursts, drugs, alcohol and promiscuity. Now, after years of speculation, he has come clean about the sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of his former junior coach Graham James.

"The direct result of my being abused was that I became a f-ing raging, alcoholic lunatic," he writes in Playing with Fire, an autobiography to be released this week, and provided in advance to Maclean's.

Maclean's national correspondent Charlie Gillis also conducted an exclusive interview with Fleury, who talks about his friendship with Sheldon Kennedy, his darkest hours and his view of Graham James.

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