Sex Rehab for Steve Phillips? Oh, Please!

Axed ESPN analyst is just the latest to use 'sex addict' as an excuse
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 10:48 AM CDT
In this Oct. 28, 2002, file photo, New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips introduces new Mets manager Art Howe during a news conference at Shea Stadiium in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Steve Phillips and his fellow celebrity sex addicts prove "all that's required to claim that a man's transgression is really a disease over which he is powerless is a large bank account, a small degree of fame, a clueless wife. And a straight face," writes Andrea Peyser in the New York Post. And the punishment is more like a prize: "Residential sex-addiction treatment. Sounds like a great way to meet horny chicks."

"Addictions are routinely compared to deadly diseases, such as cancer, by people who'd rather drink than put down the glass, the crack pipe, or—hopefully—the condom," Peyser continues. Twelve-step programs are increasingly used as an easy way out. "Steve, I beg you—stay away from wackos, young things, and the pleasantly plump. And leave the 12-step programs for people who want to be cured."