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Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 2:35 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has a past that isn't a secret to any baseball fan. He battled drug and alcohol addiction for years and then came back from them to become one of baseball's most recognizable stars.

Unfortunately, according to the Dallas Morning News, Hamilton relapsed and drank alcohol this week in the Dallas area. If the initial report wasn't enough, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is also reporting the relapse.

Also, the Rangers have released this statement: "We are aware of a situation, but we don't have further comment at this time."

Hamilton is without an "accountability coach" at present. This isn't the first time he's relapsed, either. Back in 2009, he drank in excess and some photos of him surfaced on Deadspin.com. Hamilton would say, at the time:

"It just crossed my mind that night, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously I can't and this reinforces that. Since that night, I have not had another thought like that. I know it's something I shouldn't do because it leads to other things." (Dallasnews.com)

Hamilton is a free agent after the 2012 season.

UPDATE: Katie Hamilton, Josh's wife, has posted the following message on Twitter:

“Truly appreciate all the encouraging & supportive tweets we've been getting. God is Faithful and forgives- so thankful that you all are showing us such love and encouragement during this time.”

UPDATE II: Hamilton spoke for a bit over 10 minutes in a press conference and came clean.

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Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Truth is, if Josh Hamilton was just a homeless bum on the street nobody would even blink an eye and would bash the hell out of him and call him a worthless junkie. But no, just because he's a doggone good ballplayer,
people still idolize him, which leads them to sympathize with him and it's THAT attitude towards it that enables and encourages someone to do it again.
Addiction is NOT a disease. It's strictly weakness. Addicts don't need sympathy. They need to be kicked in the behind. I resent him for not being strong enough to put his life and family above the junk and I especially resent people like you, mjg75, that make it sound like it's not his fault he is the way he is.


Well said SlenderHonkey.



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Poor guy.....I say do what you want....but be careful DO NOT DRIVE A CAR or LET SOMEONE else whos drinking drive YOUR car.
That said I'll take Bud bottle and a shot of Jameson.  Let him LIVE his life..



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

To each his own.  good luck w/ it slenderhonkey.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

So, it wasn't "just a drink or two".  If he is sincere and honest then he may not fall further.  But, he admits to being deceptive.  No one may ever know how many drink he actually had or if he had anything else other than alcohol.  He has a serious problem, whether it's called "a weakness" or "a disease".  I had a feeling that something like this would happen when it came out that his father-in-law resigned from the "accountability coach" position.  And I don't believe his reasons for resigning.  In my opinion, the father-in-law knew that Hamilton would relapse and didn't want the family tension that would come with him being "Accountable" for Hamilton's relapse.

Hamilton needs an "accountability coach" for the rest of his life.  The Rangers should pay a PROFESSIONAL to be that accountability coach for as long as Hamilton is with the team.  And any other organization that eventually signs him should hire an accountability coach for Hamilton as long as he is with their team.  Eventually, Josh Hamilton will have to hire his own accountability coach for the rest of his life unless he wants to destroy his life: health, family, wealth, etc.

When you have so much to lose by risking your sobriety and you do it anyway that shows the STRENGTH AND SEVERITY of the ADDICTION, WEAKNESS, DISEASE, or whatever you want to call it!!



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Yah, I'm a douchebag for being strong enough to stay on top of my addiction and not giving free passes to those who can't regardless of who they are. And you're so wrong...the media chastising him is a good thing! People that are addicts need to be held accountable for their actions or else they'll slip right back into doing it. I have my couple people that I answer to on a daily basis, not because I'm forced to, but because it helps keep me focused and on the right track. They even said in the article that Josh doesn't have that person/coach right now and if he did, this probably wouldn't have happened. And none of what I said was meant to try to put myself on a soapbox. It's calling it what it is and not watering it down and calling it a disease. It's the difference between someone speaking from experience and someone who doesn't have a clue so they sympathize which doesn't help anything at all. People that are addicts, like myself, put themselves in the situation they're in and it's nobody's fault except their own and until an addict acknowledges that they'll never beat it. I'd also be willing to be a million dollars that if you asked Josh Hamilton, he would say he has an alcohol problem. So how about you stop trying to speak for him. Oh, and also stop the name calling because it just makes you sound completely childish and like a typical internet tough guy who couldn't even kick his own a** so he goes online and pops off at the mouth. Finally, it's nowhere near as easy as sweating out a couple beers and drinking some Gatorade. Mentally, he's going to resent himself for a long time for being weak enough to cave in and do that and that's just as bad as the physical part of it.



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

You obviously don't know much, because addiction is a disease with known physical and neurological indicators.  Your comments are embarrassing.  Of course it is his fault.  Just because something is a disease doesn't eliminate the subject's accountability.  He knows that he has to avoid alcohol, and he failed.  The key is to get back on course before his addiction overtakes him.  The unfortunate difficulty for an alcoholic (as opposed to the coke addict) is that alcohol is more difficult to avoid, is readily available everywhere and is a featured beverage at his place of employment.



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

first off for starters: Slenderhonkey is a douchebag. so in the meantime, stfu Mr. Willpower.

NOW, leave Hamilton alone.  He acknowledges he has a substance abuse problem.  I doubt he has an alcohol problem but they always lump the two together b/c alcohol is the gateway drug so to speak.  The guy could probably handle a few beers on the patio but that's for him to decide.  If he feels lifelong sobriety works best for him, that's his choice and it's up to him to enforce it.  We don't need the media to chastise him or serve as his peer group.  He doesn't need his downfalls and shortcomings splashed as headlines.  So get off your high horse and your soapbox and let the guy be a human being.  He'll sweat out a few beers, drink some Gatorade, and resume his sobriety and head to training camp.  The End.



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Stay strong brother! ... I've been there too ... I come from a long line of addicts and know what you're going through.



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Being the son of an recovered alcoholic father who himslef has relapsed 3 times in nearly 30 years. It doesn't matter if it was 1 or 100. Words from my own fathers mouth. I just hope he can get into some meetings and get back on track. As a baseball fan and Angels fan I would hate to see this guy not right. Perhaps the pressure of the upcoming contract situation and the birth of his daughter led to his stress keys that caused him to drink. In no way is that an excuse for him relapsing but we're only human and certain things affect people in different way. Hope Josh gets help soon and is back good to go for this season. Good Luck Josh, you got an Angel fan rooting for you to get back on your feet.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

You have to feel bad for anyone battling addiction, but . . . I only wish the average homeless junkie got as much sympathy as this $12 million dollar a year baseball player.  I wonder if the same fans expressing sympathy for Hamilton ever dig down deep for a few bucks for the addicted beggar on the street?  i wish him, and all addicts, better success at the next attempt to stay clean.


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