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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 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." (

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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Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:21 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Budfan, you not only read it, you thought so much about it you actually took time out of your life to respond. Which means it's something that interests you and therefore the reporters and editors did their jobs by getting the story out there.

Honestly, people always say reporters should just "report the scores" or look for the "positive news."

Look at the comment boards on those stories. Very few read them.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:20 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Apparently, none of us know what actually happened.  For those of you that still think like teenagers, it's not a good thing for a guy with addiction issues to drink any amount.  It's nobody's business but his, but the Rangers also have a big stake in him staying reliable.  Hopefully, we don't hear anything else about this again.  Good luck, Josh. 

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:12 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

And we can all be sure with stealth investigative "reporting" like this that Josh will likely have another drink! Sounds to me as though readers agree that we would appreciate it if more media folks realized that just because their job title is "reporter" does NOT mean they can't be a little more discerning about what they choose to report. This story and the pathetically intrusive headline say more about the reporter than Josh Hamilton, and that ain't good! To be honest I'm kind of ashamed for reading it.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:07 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

So what if Josh had some alcohol one night! It's none of our business; though we all hope the best for the Ranger outfielder in his pursuit of happiness. In the end; it's his life.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:04 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

As long as he's not shooting dope or snorting Coke it's all good, but just stop eliminating champagne in celbrations if you're gonna drinnk anyways. Hit baseballs in the summer and do whatever you want in the winter. Dumb story. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:02 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

The media is just looking for  a headline! Unless Josh was face down in a gutter, its not a big deal. What the hell, what if it was wine at church? That would be just fine!!! This kid has been trough enough, and most of it self inflicted.I'm sure he's well aware of whats at stake. Give him the benefit of doubt. He deserves it.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:53 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

As one who has battled addiction myself, I know how hard it is to break free, and STAY FREE. God Bless you, Josh. We all stumble along the way. Don't let it define you.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:52 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Totally agree with Krig.  What a ridiculous report.  If the guy got hammered and: hit someone, drove into someone or something, acted like a fool in public, etc. etc. etc. -- fine, that's news.  Him drinking a beer is NOT.

There is a problem here, and it's one of the following: (a) Everyone in the media is so GD obsessed with being first that a bunch of morons with keyboards pounded out a "story" as fast as possible without waiting for any substantial, verifiable facts, OR (b) Nothing newsworthy happened. 

Either way, the media takes one more bite out of the fabric of our society.

Good work.  

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:41 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

did his recent drinking cause him to do something wrong ?  illegal ?  embarrassing ?
if not, SHAME on the media for even making news of it !
did he have a sip of wine, or chug a couple of 5ths ?
despicable reporting.  shame on CBS for sinking to other media's level.

wish the guy well with his problems.
had a very difficult 2011 personally & professionally.
hope he has the sense to get another "accountability coach".

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:41 pm

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Hopefully this was just a moment of weakness.  We all have them, and for someone who's gone through as much as him, temptation has got to be everywhere.  I know I still believe in and look up to him, not just because he is a Ranger, but also because I've had my own problems, and look to him as a role model.  I just hope that before people start accussing him of being back on the wagon, they give him some leeway, and see if he begins to relapse on a more frequent basis.

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