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Beasley reportedly enters rehab

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By Tim Reynolds
Associated Press / August 25, 2009

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MIAMI - Michael Beasley told his personal manager several days ago that he was working out in Houston because it brought “a change of scenery’’ from Miami and Washington.

What happened next is a mystery, even to those who know Beasley best.

The Miami Heat forward checked into a Houston rehabilitation facility last week and is being treated for various issues, including depression, a person briefed on the situation told the Associated Press yesterday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, and could not say whether the other issues included drug or alcohol treatment.

“Based on what I’m getting right now, there’s a bit of concern,’’ Bruce Shingler, Beasley’s manager, said in a telephone interview. “I don’t really know what’s going on. I just know his mom is on her way to go see him in Houston. That’s it. I’m still collecting a lot of information.’’

It’s unknown how long Beasley, 20, will remain at the facility, or whether he will be available when the Heat open training camp Sept. 28.

Shingler also said he wasn’t sure how long Beasley has been in Houston, or specifically why that was his destination.

“From what I know, he was just getting ready for the upcoming season,’’ Shingler said. “The last time I talked to him, everything was going well.’’

“What Michael Jr. is going [through] is just a bump on the road we call life,’’ said a posting yesterday on Michael Beasley Sr.’s Twitter feed. “Please pray for him, he needs it.’’

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