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Charlie Sheen's advice to the UCLA baseball team.

12:10 PM, Feb 15, 2011 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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Yesterday on Dan Patrick's radio show, actor and wildman Charlie Sheen recounted how he was recently asked to give a pep talk to UCLA's baseball team, which made it to last year's World Series, ultimately falling to South Carolina. Among other things, Sheen imparted: "Stay away from the crack, which I think is pretty good advice, unless you can manage it socially, Dan. If you can manage it socially, then go for it. But not a lot of people can, you know."

"Did you think you could?" asked Patrick. "Yeah, but that kind of blew up in my face—like an exploding crack pipe," joked the costar of Two and a Half Men (the sitcom is currently on a forced hiatus). As Variety reports (subscription required),

Those and other recent statements from Sheen have continued to fuel concerns at the network and studio about the actor's health despite assertions that Sheen is undergoing rehab treatment at his home and has been clean for two weeks. Warner Bros. would face major costs if it had to shut down production yet again due to Sheen's behavior.

Also complicating the sticky situation is the possibility that Sheen may sue the studio in an effort to force the show back into production per the terms of his rich contract, which pays him $1.25 million per seg. That threat has added to the unease between the actor's camp and WBTV and CBS.

That's $1.25 million per episode.

Sheen wants to work—from his perspective, it's what keeps him out of trouble. As Variety notes, "the actor has long demonstrated his ability to perform his duties to the sitcom, no matter what may be going on in his private life." In fact, he told Patrick that he actually showed up at the studio knocking on the doors, wondering where everyone went. But Sheen reassured the host that as of now, he is still clean and "feeling great." We'll see about tomorrow.

Again, that's $1.25 million per episode.

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