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Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 6:23 pm

By Matt Snyder

The news that broke Thursday night -- which was that Josh Hamilton had relapsed and drank alcohol -- was a bit vague. Friday afternoon in a press conference, Hamilton was very forthcoming about what took place Monday night and cleared things up.

He spoke completely from the heart with no prepared statement.

According to Hamilton, this is what happened:

1. He went out to dinner and ordered a drink. He ended up having "three or four" drinks.

2. He called teammate Ian Kinsler to come hang out with him. Hamilton noted he didn't tell Kinsler he was drinking nor did he drink when Kinsler was with him. Hamilton said that he can be "deceptive" when he drinks.

3. Hamilton and Kinsler left the restaurant and went to an "other place" for about "25, 30 minutes" and then Kinsler went to drive Hamilton to where he was staying.

4. Hamilton said Kinsler asked him if he was going to stay in the rest of the night. Hamilton assured Kinsler he would stay in, but he lied. He went back out. By Hamilton's account, he "had some more drinks." He noted that no one around him really saw him with drinks in his hand, and again reiterated that he can be deceptive and find ways to drink without others realizing it.

He also talked about how when he drinks there's a point where a "switch flips, and you never know when that point is gonna be reached -- whether it's the first three or four, or, you know, the 15th. And that's what is so dangerous about it."

Hamilton took full ownership and accountability of the situation.

"It was just wrong, is what it comes down to," the apologetic Hamilton said. "I needed to be in a different place. I needed to be responsible in that moment -- in that day, period -- and I was not responsible."

He also said that no drugs whatsoever were used and he's had two drug tests since that night.

Hamilton also said he will fly, at some point, to New York to meet with Major League Baseball and their doctors. He said he wants to look back and see where he went wrong, while letting everyone help him.

At several times throughout the press conference, Hamilton said he has "beat himself up," feels "terrible," and wants to get back to the point where everyone can trust him again.

Later Friday afternoon, general manager Jon Daniels had a conference call with reporters. He said that the Rangers were told about the relapse on Tuesday, and that he met with Hamilton Thursday.

They are going to wait until after the MLB evaluation before taking any further steps, and they are looking over everything to see if there are better ways to supervise him, or keep this from happening again. In terms of not having an accountability coach in place at present, Daniels said it likely wouldn't have mattered anyway, being the offseason.

Daniels was asked about Hamilton's contract status -- he's set to be a free agent after 2012 -- and Daniels said there are more important things to worry about right now. He also noted that when he first found out, his immediate thoughts were for Hamilton's family, not baseball.

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Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:48 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

He is a alcoholic and he really knows that you cannot take one drink. I know. Once you start out on the journey you cannot ever take a drink of alcohol period. You cannot go for years without a drink and say I am OK now and one drink will not hurt. Yes it will. This is a bad demon for this young man to fight as it is for millions of us. Alcohol has been the ruin of many a person. Now for those that can just have a few drinks, do not ever drive and drink, do not make a fool of themself, never waste family money, and handle themself professionally good for them. I loved it and so does ever alcoholic, but if you are a alcoholic you stop and / or it will ruin you and / or kill you. This young man needs to go to AA. It would help him and it certainly could help others at AA. His particpation in such an event would be so rewarding to him that he would want to continue to help others and this would give him motivation to leave it alone. My concern for him is not now but what happens to him when he leaves baseball. Now he is the center of attention, well known, and has others to look out for him. When he retires he may not have all of the attention. He really needs AA and he can find a AA location in any town at anytime of day and / or night. I hope the best for him and other that need help. Good Luck!

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:47 pm

Hamilton comes clean in news conference

It's called alcoholism ! He may find the light, then lose it again someday. Let's get him the help and support he needs and go from there. Whether he is an All-Star or the 25th man, this young man needs the help and let's be there for him. Kudos to Kinsler also. He was there for his friend. Spring Training is just a couple weeks away, let us get positive and hope Josh is there and going 100%.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:47 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I just really for sorry for this guy. 

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:45 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Good thing he wasnt hanging out with his manager.... then hed be telling us how they were blowing lines the whole night!

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:34 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

hiding and lying is uncalled for....he must now build trust with kinsler....hoping he gets the right treatment and advice...after that come out and rake like 2010...


Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:32 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Not sure why this is news, except that i hope it encourages others who are in the same situation to fight on. If he were anybody else on the Rangers and went on a drink binge, this wouldn't even be a deal. His honesty and responsibility shouldn't be held against him, hopefully it won't be.

We love Josh Hamilton because he's human like we are, yet overcomes. You say, what about the relapse?  I say "What about the three years since the last one?" To a former drug addict or former alcoholic, that's a LONG, LONG TIME. I don't drink, but I did dip snuff back in the day. There are days where I suddenly taste that old salty Copenhagen and want to pack that lip up! Can't imagine it for an addiction to things way more powerful (as in booze and drugs).

Keep fighting Josh, and God bless, brotha! You have and are overcoming...

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:32 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Our world has become pussified!

Hamilton more than likely goes out and drinks every week. He just got caught this time. he should just say mind your f'ing business. He is over 21? Is drinking legal? Was he drinking and driving? Those are the only concerns to have when someone drinks. If he isn't doing anything wrong while drinking, he can have 10 drinks. Who cares? What are you people talking about?

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:29 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

God Damn! Having a drink equals making a mistake? What kind of lame world do you live in? Drinking is legal, drinking is ok, get the f over it? He didn't make a mistake, he went out and had a good time. News flash, I'm gonna go out and have a few drinks tonight after work, press conference to follow at 2:30am.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:27 pm

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

The relapse is unfortunate, but give Hamilton this: He's owned up to it. He's contrite. He's going for help. And he's going public with it. I simply can't find fault in any way in which he's responded to this at all. I have great respect for him and wish him good health.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:25 pm
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