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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: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:57 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Wow, and I thought spiralarchitech was an idiot but lthappy-Avenged takes the idiot prize by a long shot!!! I mean WOW, at least we learned through your rambling diatribe that you are at best an ignorant college age moron who sits around with his bong wondering why everyone doesn't chill out and enjoy the ride. Again, when it comes to people like you, there should be a mandatory test before you are allowed to procreate so that we can reduce the consistently gorwing imbecile rate in this country.

And, so we have a reference point here, here's a real life story you. When I was 12 and the sheriff's office came to tell us we were going to have to leave our home because it was foreclosed, my dad was an alcoholic, had tried to "have a drink here or there" with the full lapse right on its tail. When he came out of rehab he had to work for a minimum wage job, stayed sober, and worked his way up until, 3 years later after being clean and sober, he became vice-president of this company. Now, 25 years later, he has paid off the house, put 3 kids through college, and is a kindler, gentler human being who does so much good for so many people......none of which he was doing when he was drinking so I can say without a shadow of a doubt that you have no F'ing clue what you are talking about. You are a fool of the largest magnitude not because you believe what you did, but that you post your idiocy so the rest of us are reminded just how many clueless idiots are roaming our streets.

Please go back under the rock from which you came, you will be doing us all a huge favor.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:56 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Wow, there is an awful amount of ignorant comments about addiction on this board.




Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:54 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

The whole "abstinance" thing is NOT rehabilitation and I hate how people think that it is. I've seen some comparisons to pedophelia on this board, about how addicts need to stay away from drugs like pedos need to stay away from children. Well, pedophilia actually IS a disease which cannot be cured but only treated by keeping away from kids. Sexual orientation is something that can be taught.
meant to write, that its' something that "can't be taught"



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

spiralarchitech,  How in the world can you possibly not see the difference?  How about the fact that shooting heroin is illegal and eating is not.  Also, why would it be the responsibility of the restaurant to tell a person not to eat two meals?  If that person wants to eat that much, become fat and less healthy, then that is there fault.  I choose not to eat fast food because I prefer health over taste.  Those people don't.  It is a personal choice.  It is not society's responsibility to take care of people who choose to harm themselves.  YOu may be the first, and hopefully last, person to quote Rosie on these boards.  Please go to another site. 



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Such horrible timing, any team is now going to be timid on resigning him.. i feel for him i really do. 



Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:41 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

@spiralarchitech: You sir are an idiot (and no, I am not fat, in case you were wondering why I took offense to your moronic comments). There are so many reason why this is it would take several paragraphs to spew it all out, and, since no one wants to have to read that, I will simply ask that you try to get those tiny spark plugs in your brain working again before you put up another post.  




Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:40 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

You are clueless.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:36 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Why don't we see if Josh can't just have a drink and smoke a joint like normal people? I understand that he's exhibitted major addiction issues in his past, but you're asking a guy to be high on life. What are supposed to do those days in the offseason, when the wifeys' on her period and your hands hurt too much from playing video games? Sit at your kitchen table drinking mineral water??

The whole "abstinance" thing is NOT rehabilitation and I hate how people think that it is. I've seen some comparisons to pedophelia on this board, about how addicts need to stay away from drugs like pedos need to stay away from children. Well, pedophilia actually IS a disease which cannot be cured but only treated by keeping away from kids. Sexual orientation is something that can be taught.

No matter what AA tries to tell some of us, alcoholism IS NOT a disease, its' a lifestyle choice, and an irresponsible one at that. You don't ever learn this responsibility by punishing yourself, holding substances hostage from yourself. You simply restrict yourself from being able to function like the normal people around you, who CAN have a drink and a good time. You never get better living that life...rehabilitation occurs with the reconformity to typical, responsible behavior.

So I'd really like to see if Josh can do that. He's obviously won most of the battle already, making it back to the big leagues and winning MVPs and batting titles. The rest must take place internally. Drink beer. Smoke a bowl. Hell drink another beer after that. But if your gonna do anything else after that, you're not getting behind the wheel of a car, and you CERTAINLY will not let any substance use impact your family life or career. Find yourself a "coach" who will walk you through all this instead of surpressing you from normal functionability.



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:30 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

"Hamilton is ."

If only EVERYONE could have an "accountability coach," how much better would life be?  



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:29 am
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

I  don't agree that this isn't news. Yeah for private people, I'd agree.

HOW-ever, Hamilton has made himself a symbol (or at least his publicity people have) for recovery and how to succeed despite that. He chose that path and he's made his philosophy very public as well.


To the point: Substance abuse is an evil monster. To win that fight, it's a constant struggle. I wish the guy well.




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