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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: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:31 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I just don't see how I care?   It's just none of my business and it's none of yours. This isn't news. It's just stupid.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:11 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Congratulations mdeyre, you just proved redsfan's point. People so want to use Hamilton's addiction as a feelgood story, when it's only a feelgood story because he's a baseball player.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:08 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

although i've never been a fan of him and his team, I hope the best for him. I know how drugs are a bitch.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:59 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference


Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:46 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I'm young and naive and I have no clue what a alchohal relapse is.

Can someone fill me in? 

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:07 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

HANG IN THERE JOSH!. Im an alcoholic too, unless you are one, you have no idea what he is going through.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:04 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

 He may NEED help, but ultimately the only person that CAN help Josh Hamilton, is himself.
I beg to differ.  And so do about 4,000 people who showed up at the Merrill Center last night outside of Houston to hear Lance Berkman introduce his friend and Christian brother.  We don't disparage those who are down or in need.  We pick them up and carry them when they need it as we will need it from others some day too.

The only person that can help Josh is himself - wrong!  We all can and God does!   He shared openly and honestly and I'm sure positively affected many who heard him last night, my son and me included.  


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:28 am

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

while letting everyone help him.

THAT is part of Hamilton's problem. 

Baseball helped Hamilton get attention as a child...he was a naturally gifted athlete, so LOTS of people wanted to "help" him. They did- he was a millionaire at 18 as the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. Lots of other people wanted to "help" him spend that money, especially when he had an injury in the minors and was feeling homesick, underappreciated, bored, and sorry for was an excuse to be a junkie at 20. He lost everything except the house he bought for his parents, including the right to play professional baseball....but people helped Hamiton, yet again. The Narron fbrothers had jobs in MLB and were family friends. Hamilton began his improbable rise to MLB stardom with their help. "Accountability coach" was a new MLB job description created just to help Josh Hamilton. 

Josh Hamilton is a person that has NEVER been successfully responsible for himself, partially because he has never HAD to. For all his struggles, he has always had a safety net of people to help him back up, pat him on the head and tell him he was worth all the trouble. If he wasn't an elite athlete, he would probably be dead by now-just another homeless junkie in a dumpster. People love Josh Hamilton because he's a baseball star. He has a great smile and a receptive personality. He professes a strong faith in God, family and team. It is a story that everyone wants to end "happily ever after". The media loves Josh Hamilton because they can always get a paycheck writing a blog on him.

 The facts are, Josh Hamilton is an irresponsible, addictive personality that will struggle his entire life to control his addictions, or get swallowed by them. He may NEED help, but ultimately the only person that CAN help Josh Hamilton, is himself.

The man is not an idiot. Hamilton's a wealthy professional athlete that could hire a 24 hour personal protection service to guard him like the President, for a salary less than he pays his agent. Why doesn't he ? Maybe he not only needs help, but sympathy, and a ready made excuse outside his own "accountability".

The drama is getting old.    



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:41 am

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I just can't believe that attention this has drawn. People fall off the wagon all the time. He'll endure. Just give the man some peace and privacy (from the media, that is).

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:57 am

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

drinking has been a part of baseball for a 100 plus years. think about all the people in softball leagues....they typically drink in them.  they go hand in hand. just look at beckett and some of the red sox pitchers drinking while their teammates are out there earning their pay checks.  unfortunately some of us dont have the control others have...

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