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Posted at 1:09 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Update: Ted Williams headed to rehab

By Melissa Bell
Ted Williams
(Richard Drew/AP)

Updated: 5:56 p.m.

And so it goes. In either a brilliant publicity stunt for Dr. Phil, or in a serious intervention for a troubled man, Ted Williams will be heading to rehab, according to a report from USA Today.

Rather than being sober for the past two and a half years, as he's claimed, the homeless-to-Hollywood Williams has been drinking heavily every day. Here's hoping the fast fame leads to quick help for the man.

Updated: 1:52 p.m.

The Post's Web Hostess with the Mostess, Monica Hesse wants to tackle some of the questions around Ted Williams on her live online chat at 2 p.m. Go here to discuss:

"What responsibility do we have to our flash-in-the-pan celebrities? In Mr. Williams case, should the journalist who discovered him insisted on a background check? Should people have thought more about the possible repurcussions that fame could have on a man who had been homeless? Do we owe anything to our Internet stars besides a forward?"

Updated: 8:28 a.m.

Ted Williams and his daughter talk to Entertainment Tonight about his arrest. Williams is fast becoming a crash course lesson in viral fame, the peaks and the valleys:

Update: 5:38 p.m.
Uh-oh. After the golden-voiced homeless man skyrocketed to fame thanks to a viral video highlighting his radio-ready voice, Ted Williams made all the requisite morning show stops, made a commercial for Kraft and was detained by the police.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Williams was detained after police were called to the Renaissance Hotel on a disturbance call. Reportedly, he and his daughter were in a heated argument, but when the cops broke it up, neither wanted to press charges so both were released. A hotel employee called the police because of the noise.

The news, though, did not detract from Ted Williams' Twitter fans:

Team Ted Williams !!!less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

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Argument over money? No shock there.

Posted by: cymp65 | January 11, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

And it cannot be but so much money, it's a voice-over for pities sake!! Pray for the man, family will drive him to his place of comfort or craziness which may not include them!!

Posted by: DC_JOE | January 11, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

And it cannot be but so much money, it's a voice-over for pities sake!! Pray for the man, family will drive him to his place of comfort or craziness which may not include them!!

Posted by: DC_JOE | January 11, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

So the same people that followed Ted to the top 2 days ago will follow him until they find a way to tear him down again. The guy is mentally fragile right now. The only thing he HASN'T been asked to do yet is the Dougie Dance for dollar bills!

Posted by: IamLittleJohnny | January 11, 2011 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Where was his family when he was living in that run-down tent in the cold mountains? Where? And all of a sudden, they're all over him because of his over-night fame? Yes, I agree with DC_Joe, his family will totally bring him down if he doesn't watch out.

Posted by: skill_dave | January 12, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey SkillDave - You asked "where was his family when he was on the streets?" The answer is, you frankly don't know. They may have helped him for years but he was likely Un-helpable.
I have a relative I have tried to save from the streets. I have counseled him, give him medical access, clothing, and even a room in my home. After stealing from me for the third time, I had to put him out. I probably spent spent $5000 on him, which he has promised to pay back some day. I don't expect to see it but if he does come into a large sum, I do expect to be reimbursed as promised.
That is likely the case with Ted Williams. Don't point your finger at his daughter until you know the history. After all, Ted was arrested multiple times for burglary. Maybe some of those involved burglarizing the daughter. If so, she has a right to demand reimbursement.

Posted by: Young317 | January 12, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Poor guy... Ted is obviously remorseful over his past and wants to make it up to his kids and mom. I just hope he finds someone who will have his best interest and help him make long lasting and beneficial decisions.

Posted by: Debonair31 | January 12, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I figured his many kids would show up with their hands out as soon as he made his first appearance on TV. Where were they when he was homeless?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | January 12, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

One day when Ted is crooning on some far away radio show with his bottle of Grey Goose he will fondly remember the days when he was able to just relapse with oblivion on some desolate highway. At least this time he gets to share the joy with the world and a couple of solitary chilled ice cubes swimming desperately at the bottom of his vodka bottle.

Posted by: zoezoe123 | January 12, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

We all remember who Ted Williams is, he is the homeless man who is now the new announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, now meet his daughter Janey Williams, she recently reunited with her famous father but why was the Police involved in their family reunion? Did she say her father was drinking again? This won’t be good news for Grandma Julia, if you want to find out more about this news and about Ms. Williams check out the rest of our story plus take a look at the photos and video
Janey Williams: Ted Williams’ Daughter (Video)

Posted by: Miva | January 12, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

This dude never stood a chance after we 'discovered' him. We might as well have just bought him a bottle and drove off.

Posted by: htimothyjones1 | January 13, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse

I wish nothing but the best to Ted. He's a lovable man with a BIG problem. God bless Doc Phil for offering him this opportunity.

I am quite familuar with having an addict in the family and there comes a time when, to save your own sanity, you just have to turn them over to God or a higher power. There is no help that will help them until or unless they commit to serious recovery.
It breaks your heart.

I feel for his family and for him too. No one 'wants' to be and addict.. it just catches up to you and takes over your life. Very very sad. God bless you Ted and family. I wish you all a great future.

Posted by: zxymbc | January 13, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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