As a freshman, Derrick Rose’s candy addiction became an issue. His college teammate, Chris Douglas-Roberts said: “He eats Gummy Bears and Starbursts for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner.” Douglas-Roberts said he and his teammates told Rose throughout the season to “stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws, but he can’t.” He added that “No one eats more Gummy Bears than him.”
The addiction became a concern the day of the NCAA title game against Kansas. John Calipari, head coach of Memphis at the time, said Rose’s “stomach was bothering him.” Rose suffered from a stomach ailment which forced him to miss the media sessions that day which drew concern from the public.
Rose fought through the struggles and despite the loss, he managed to put up 18 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. In 2010, Rose would address his sweet tooth by saying: “Everybody has their poison, mine is sugar.”
He would continue his battle with sugar because in January 2011, Rose would play against the Orlando Magic despite having TWO stomach ulcers. Thankfully, Derrick Rose now has his diet looked after and is trying to combat his sweet tooth day by day to prolong his NBA career.