Joe Buck’s Hair-Plug Addiction Nearly Ruined His Entire Broadcasting Career

10.06.16 2 weeks ago • 10 Comments

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In a story that seems so unbelievable that it makes you check the url to make sure it’s really from Sports Illustrated, a story on Thursday revealed the real reason Joe Buck famously lost his voice in 2011 — an addiction to hair-plug surgery.

Starting in 1993, Buck began going to New York for secret hair-transplant surgeries (yes, this story is 100 percent real) and when he went for his eighth procedure in 2011, there were complications that caused his vocal cord to become paralyzed. Instead of just telling people what happened, he created a lie about a virus to cover up the secret (did anyone ever think that was Buck’s real hair?) that the damage was done during cosmetic surgery.

Also, he’s had eight procedures and is basically bald anyway. Maybe this story isn’t true?

No! It is true! At least, we have to assume it’s true, much like all the ones from 2011 until now that featured Buck claiming the virus thing. Maybe Buck will have a book in 2021 about him lying in 2016 about lying in 2011.

Here’s a quote from the SI piece that sure is something:

“When I started thinking about writing a book, this was the main reason why,” Buck says. “It wasn’t about stories with my Dad. I wanted to detail the time in my life where I had a lot going on and I was stressed, a time when I started to take anti-depressants and was going through a divorce. Then I had this situation with my voice that rocked me to my knees and shook every part of my world. I’m 47 years old now and willing to be vulnerable sharing a story. Whether the book is read by one person or one million doesn’t concern me. Getting this out and being honest, really telling my story, that was was the impetus behind this.”

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