Blog Entry

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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.
Comments

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

quiters never win and winners never quit  ,,,,man up!



Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Hang in there, Josh....I'm on day 73 of riding that wagon, myself; and I couldn't be happier about it...but I know the day is coming when I will contemplate the same thoughts as you...good luck.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com