On This Day: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested in San Antonio, Texas For Urinating on Cenotaph in 1982

by Madison Miller

Ozzy Osbourne has had no shortage of wildly extravagant and controversial moments during his career.

From shooting and killing his 17 cats to drugging a vicar to biting the heads off doves and bats on stage, Osbourne was about as unpredictable as they come. One of his most controversial moments is when he urinated on the Alamo. This is also one of his moments in which many fans believed he took his antics a bit too far.

It was on Feb. 19, 1982, when Osbourne was in San Antonio, Texas, and made an unlikable decision on where to empty his bladder.

Ozzy Osbourne Urinates on Alamo

Osbourne was out drinking in Texas when he decided to go for a walk. According to Louder Sound, he had an unfortunate habit of going for walks when he was far too drunk and making questionable decisions on those walks. Sharon Osbourne used to hide his clothes so he wouldn’t be able to leave the house.

However, this time even that couldn’t stop him from his urge to walk aimlessly and drunkenly through the streets of Texas. He got dressed in one of Sharon’s dresses instead.

While he was walking he had to use the bathroom and went on a nearby statue. He didn’t realize it was the sacred 60-foot-high Cenotaph statue, which is situated next to the Alamo building. The statue was built in 1939 by the Texas Centennial Commission. It was meant to honor those lost during the state’s War of Independence in 1836 in the Alamo.

He was arrested and banned from San Antonio until 1992 for his actions.

According to Loudwire, he was arrested for public intoxication. He was freed later that night on a $40 bond. He eventually apologized to San Antonio and donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

“We all have done things in our lives that we regret. I am deeply honored that the people of San Antonio have found it in their hearts to have me back. I hope that this donation will show that I have grown up,” he said at the time.

Ozzy Osbourne and His Addiction

Osbourne has grown a lot over the years. That includes the evolution of his music as well as his old extreme party-going ways.

However, many people wonder how the “Prince of Darkness” was able to survive his wild drug and alcohol binges throughout his life. He’s reportedly been addicted to cocaine, alcohol, pills, and sex. There was a point in his life where he was taking 25 Vicodin pills a day.

Ozzy did it for decades and he did it harder and more intense than a lot of people could even dream of.

According to Discover Magazine, scientists at Knome Inc. actually discovered that Ozzy Osbourne was a “genetic mutant.” This meaning he had a never-before-seen mutation that occurred near his ADH4 gene. His body could break down alcohol faster than the typical person. This is the sole reason his liver didn’t collapse with his wild drinking and drugs days.

On top of that, his DNA also made him six times more likely to develop alcohol dependencies and 1.3 times more likely to have a cocaine addiction.

Osbourne and His Sobriety

While he struggled with addiction for decades, Osbourne has been making a recent effort to be sober.

In an interview with Apple Music, he said that his album “Ordinary Man” is the first project he’s ever completed sober.

“I thought it was the drugs and the alcohol that made it all work. But it’s not true. All I was doing for years is self-medicating ’cause I didn’t like the way I felt. But then this is the first album I’ve co-wrote and recorded (expletive) completely sober… The last album, I wrote some of it stoned,” Osbourne said.

In a different interview with Variety, he shared the moment he knew he needed to get sober. It was after an argument with his son Jack. He told his son he would get him whatever he wanted. His son just responded, “What about a father?”

Now, he’s been sober for about seven years. He even said once, “I should have been dead 1,000 times. I thought I’d be drinking to the day I die.”