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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
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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: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:30 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

whoever keeps keeps score does a terrible job...spanman 10 and dream theater 50 ???



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:30 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Ok, he is such a GREAT STORY, right! He is doing what these idiots do, and he was forgiven so fast and so easy. Why don't we just stop judging all of these Stars, and stop building them up like they are better than others because they are STUPID people that play sports better than us. The problem is we want to JUDGE some, and FORGIVE some, but others we just can't get enough time for bashing. Example Tiger Woods, did he do as much as Hamilton? NO he did  not, but of course we could not get enough bashing time. Hamilton was such an upstanding LIAR, and we loved his story.

Give me a break, again lets Judge them all, or Judge NONE of them. I still can not believe MLB made this FOOL the MVP after all of his previous and pretty current activities.




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:27 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Its only human to see if you can handle a vice.  If he can I believe he will, If he can't sounds like he knows it.  As far as a accountability coach/sponser...its all about the individual...but at the end of the day you better learn what you can or cannot do before it kills you...




Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:24 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

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.


VERY GOOD POINTS, Purple_Kings84!

I know it's not exactly the same but why is everyone coming to Hamilton's defense and last year Miguel Cabrera was being attacked by EVERYONE!!!



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:15 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

And here they come, I have this --- years, I did that, I know what it is like. Someone mentioned anonymity so practice it.Hamilton is . He doesnt care or he knows he has an excuss. He wanted to use and he did. Key word "accountability" minus the coach, I think its called sponsor, not agent or coach, I think there are meetings all over the country. I don't fault him he took control and it didn't work again. Maybe he needs to loose more, or just stop fighting the fact that substitution is insanity. He is an incredible baseball player lets just hope nothing terrible happens. But if it does there will always be a chair for him in Chicago! I'm not even a Rangers Fan! P.S. clean time doesn't equal recovery or make you a god, it's only the amount of time from your last one but God Bless. Recovery is the ACTION and PROCESS of change. But what do I know I'm a nobody just like the rest of you.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:14 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

He always does this, but it is okay.  Doing it is his thing, everyone needs something to make them into an individual at the end of the day.  Hamilton can take the drunk all-star guy personality.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:13 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Our prayers are with you, Josh.  Keep faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and you will make it through!



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:06 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Ass



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:02 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Go get wasted Josh....have fun with your money.  Don't listen to everyone else.  Alcoholism is only a problem for people with no money and no job...enjoy your life and drink if you want to.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:01 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Nobody knows what will happen with these situations......Some people can never escape addiction issues and it plagues them for a lifetime.....others relapse several times and eventually straighten out......SELDOM do people recover the first time without slipping.....so let's hope this isn't something that will spiral downward into drugs and stuff......hopefully he'll go on to live a long healthy life and figure out how to live his life without habits that clearly drag him down.....Please though don't anyone out there claim to know what will or won't happen with Josh....nobody knows....everybody  is different


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