Charlie Sheen is big in Cubs' clubhouse

Updated: March 2, 2011, 8:02 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Cubs have an idea of what it's like to live in a fishbowl, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Charlie Sheen drama is playing to a captivated audience in the Cubs' clubhouse.

"The clubhouse stops and turns up the TV when he's speaking," Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Everybody enjoys watching everybody else go crazy, I guess, for some reason."

One of the things athletes are criticized for is politically correct, innocuous interviews. That does not describe the recent interviews with Sheen, whose answers about his "Two and a Half Men" show being temporarily put on hold, and his personal struggles have often been brutally descriptive.

"That's exactly it," Johnson said. "That's exactly what you're getting from him.

"It's definitely honest, and I think a lot of people I guess kind of translate that as a little insane at the same time, which is probably I guess you would probably agree is pretty accurate in his case right now."

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