Joe Buck says an ‘addiction to hair plugs’ nearly ended his broadcast career

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck explains in his tell-all memoir just how his addiction to hair replacement almost ended his career in broadcasting.

Sports Illustrated recently interviewed Buck about his upcoming memoir Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say On TV. The book explains that at the start of the 2011 baseball season, Buck suffered from a paralyzed vocal cord. At the time, Buck announced that his condition was the result of a virus that was affecting his left vocal cord. In his memoir, however,  he reveals that his vocal chords actually became paralyzed as a side effect to the anesthetic he received during his eighth hair replacement procedure. The damage to his vocal chords temporarily left Buck unable to speak, making the renowned sportscaster concerned for the  future of his career.

“I was lying,” Buck said of the stories about his vocal cord issues. “I think people bend the truth all the time, unfortunately. It was really for self-preservation and ego for me. As I look back, I gave partial truths. Where I lied was when I said the reason why. People would ask, ‘Why is your vocal cord paralyzed?’ I said it was a virus. I didn’t say it was an elective procedure to add hair to the front of my head. It was embarrassing. There’s an embarrassing element to that. Any surgery done to improve one’s looks is not really something someone wants to talk about. So it’s very cathartic to get this out. There are a lot of people across the country, for as silly as this sounds, who obsess about hair loss. I would tell myself I needed to look younger, I needed to have thicker hair, I don’t want to look older than I am. The truth of it is that it was an ego thing, whether I was on TV or not.”

Though initially embarrassed by his hair plug addiction, Buck now feels that it is important for him to share this story. At this point in his career and life, Buck is ready to live honestly and openly, and sharing this vulnerable story is his first step on that path.

Joe Buck’s memoir will be released on November 15th and is now available for pre-order.

By Maclain Naumann