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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: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:50 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Dawabit88 says,
Josh is fine. Relapse is a part of recovery. Hell, he could be much worse especially when a fan died right in front of his own child trying to catch a game ball from josh. That right there would have caused me to relapse.




Sad news.  I was glad to see that Ian Kinsler went to the bar and attempted to persuade  Hamilton to return to his home in Westlake."

I know that this man has been sometimes compared to Mickey Mantle in both talent and demons.  Unlike during Mantles time Hamilton can get help for his demons.



I hope your are right and this is just a blimp and he will be able to continue his recovery.



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:48 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

How the HELL is this news???

I'm not blaming CBS Sports for this one, as it was picked up on all the national news services, but people relapse every day.  Now granted, not many of them will be free agents after 2012 and into 7 figure contracts, but I've heard from many friends and acquaintences who have been involved in both AA and NA that there is over a 50% fallout rate.

Why put this guy under a microscope?  Babe Ruth led a crazy life and he's in the Hall of Fame.  Micky Mantle was a chronic alcoholic, and never attempted to rehab, and he's idolized for his baseball accomplishments.  I'm not saying it's good for him to drink, I'm only thinking that the focus shouldn't be on discussing this publicly, it should be between Josh, his family, and Rangers ownership/management.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:47 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

GET HIS SOME CRACK!!!!!



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:25 am
 

God Took A Break

God must have slipped out for a pizza, which provided good ole Josh the time to down a few shots and take advantage of his savior's absence.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:24 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

i'm sure he's not putting anything illegal into his body.  He has too much integrity than that.



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:20 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Josh is fine. Relapse is a part of recovery. Hell, he could be much worse especially when a fan died right in front of his own child trying to catch a game ball from josh. That right there would have caused me to relapse.




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:11 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

So Hamilton gets drunk once a year or so in the off season..half of MLB drinks after every game.  Every NFL player gets hammered the night after they play.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:08 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

This isn't the first time he's relapsed, either. Back in 2009, he drank in excess and some photos of him surfaced




well golly gee whiz, i wonder why texas hasn't locked him up long-term?




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:43 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

He will be ok



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:18 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

where's his family when he needs them?  he should always have someone around. im not sure if he has any brothers or sisters but he obviously needs someone around 24-7.  And not some goon that he has to pay to be his friend cause thats just ludicrous. Who knows how many times this has already happened between 2009 and now. And it doesnt sound as if he has any true friends around.  Pretty sad...that all he really needs is someone their for him that loves and shows that love cause then maybe he'll realize the drinking doesnt matter.  But he is famous and will always be...and Im sure that is a tough thing to deal with.  


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