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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: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:21 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

An overweight person cant OD on food in public. they also dont rob and steal for their fix. They also dont commit murders to get their fix. They may be killing themselves, but they are not harming other people. Drugs would be legal if people only hurt themselves, but they dont. It leads them to hurt other people. Big Difference.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:15 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Watched Rosie on DR OZ yesterday. "if a heroin addict shot up in a restaurant, people would call the cops but wouldn't bat an eyelash if an over weight person oredered 2 complete meals for themselves."Their both killing themselves, whats the difference? Do what you need to do just like John Daly, just don't hurt your family!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:06 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Drinking IS a problem for alcoholics like being around children is a problem for pedophiles. Far different situation because of level of harm to others, but similar in that standards for normal people don't apply to abnormal personalities.

I think it's ridiculous that an adult needs a 24 hour babysitter too, especially one that has seen first hand the difference between living in the gutter vs. living as an AL MVP....but obviously, Hamilton does need a full time accountability "coach" in his life. 

I also see this requirement as being Hamilton's responsibility to provide, not the team that pays him tens of millions a year. It's not uncommon for high profile athletes to have substance abuse issues, it's only unusual to recieve as much media attention as Hamilton gets about it. Mickey Mantle said he never played a sober game after his rookie year...Jim Leyland described Miguel Cabrera as a guy that can hit anytime,  drunk, sober or falling out of bed....It's not MLB or the team's responsibility outside sending them to therapy.

It's something to consider before offering him a giant, long term contract, for sure. I think I'd have some contract provisions covering his potential for self-destructive behavior.  

Millionaires in the public eye routinely hire full time staff to raise their kids, clean their house and protect them...might be a good investment for Hamilton to make, I'd say. 


Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:57 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Unfortunately for Josh, once you're a pickle you can never be a cucumber again. I wish him well.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:46 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

So he had a little setback.  That happens sometimes with people who have abused alcohol in the past.  I don't think it is right to throw this out there like this.  If he had been caught with a DUI or being drung in public, then that is reason to report it.  But for just having one drink, it needs to be handled by himself and his family and friends.  I am hopeful that he knows what he did was wrong and will get the help he needs.  Until it is anyone else's problem, the media needs to stay out of it.  Hamilton needs our prayers right now.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:33 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

I don't think this guy needs someone around him 24/7 luisdgarcia.  It is going to happen that he has a drink or two.  It doesn't mean he got plastered and drove drunk and hurt someone or crashed into a building.   I did not read in the article anything about him doing anything stupid, other than having a beer or two which isn't bad at all.  Heck people come home from work everyday and have 1 or 2 beers should that be national news as well?

Yes I get it, it's Josh Hamilton and he is a sports figure but come on people lay off the guy!   

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:22 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Drinking alcohol is not a bad thing. If he is an instant alcoholic again, now that is a bad thing. If he had a couple and doesn't touch it again, or at least for awhile, this is a major non-story. CBS reaching as usual. If he was back in drugs, now you have something.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:17 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

leave the guy alone, like no one you have ever f'd up. 

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:10 am


Who cares? Leave the guy alone to battle his own demons. This isn't news. It's people butting into other peoples personal problems/life.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:04 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Can a trade to the Red Sox be too far away! 

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