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Father Joe warns Ted Williams' story may not have happy ending

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - He has been the talk of the country ever since he was found living on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Now the man with the so-called "golden voice" is headed to rehab after making an appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show.

Ted Williams quickly became America's feel good story about second chances, but his mom clearly saw what was coming.

"Please don't disappoint me," she told her son.

Less than two weeks after being discovered as a golden voiced panhandler on the streets of Columbus, Ohio and given several job offers, Ted Williams' life is already crashing down.

A fight with his daughter earlier this week in L.A. brought out the police, and it turns out Ted's mom isn't the only one who's not surprised.

Father Joe, who runs one of the most successful homeless rehabilitation programs in the nation, Immediately saw red flags.

"For Ted - boom - he jumped over the rehabilitation," Father Joe said.

And when he heard Ted try to tell the world he's suddenly changed his addictive ways, he said, "I've heard that from 3,000 people a day."

On Thursday's "Dr. Phil", Ted finally, reluctantly agreed to go to rehab, but only after first going back to Columbus for a few a days.

But Father Joe fears Ted isn't really doing this to make an honest change. A few weeks in rehab? Father Joe says he needs at least a two-year program, with daily support.

"We hope we're wrong. I never mind being wrong when someone gets help. But my experience in the last 28 years... nah," Father Joe said.

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