An avid motorcyclist who was extremely anti-helmet, Busey nearly succumbed to head injuries he received as a result of a violent crash in 1988 after picking up his bike from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson in Culver City, CA. Legend has it he landed at the feet of a police officer, who used Busey’s own glove to compress his head wound until medical help arrived. Busey suffered a fractured skull and doctors feared permanent brain damage. In 1989, he told People magazine that he was still opposed to helmets; by 2001, Busey had changed his tune, telling USA Today “Riding without a helmet is a gamble everyone is bound to lose.”
According to multiple news reports,, during the second season of Celebrity Rehab in 2008, Busey was reportedly referred by Dr. Drew Pinsky to psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy, who diagnosed that Busey’s brain injury has had a greater effect on him than realized. He described it as essentially “weakening Busey’s mental filters” and causing him to speak and act impulsively. Ya think?