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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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Comments

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:53 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

drinking kills a lot of people every year, whether by liver, car, etc.  so if you dont think its so bad...you need to do some research on how its really a poison and who and how many people it kills a year.  



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:52 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

you realize tiger woods was  sex addict right? i know its not the same necessarily but its still an addiction.  some people believe that being in an abusive relationship is an addiction cause the one being abused refuses to leave the relationship.  we are made up of chemicals and some of us have imbalances that make us...well different in more ways than one. 



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:05 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

My best wishes go out to him. Remember, it's not how many times you fall it's how many times you get up that counts. He stopped quickly before it got worse and fortunately didn't get high which could have cost him his life.It's a tough addiction that  is very insideous and each recovering addict has to be aware that their never out of the woods. I know, I'm one



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:18 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Not sure anyone thinks he needs to appologize.  I actually admire him for this...Not drinking but actually trying to take steps to overcome the addiction.  Instead of going to A.A. meetings (which he may do) He uses the world as his release.  Instead of saying hi my name is Josh and Im an alcoholic to a group of 20 people he says hi my name is Josh and I'm an alcoholic to 300,000,000 people. I seriously think he is embarrassed by his addiction and relapse but also thinks that this is the best way to overcome it.  And if what he needs to do is go on TV and talk about it and it helps him so be it.  He didn't do anything illegal, didnt drink and drive (that we know of) didnt use illegal drugs, just did something many readers here did friday night...WENT OUT AND HAD SOME DRINKS!  He admits he has a problem and he is trying to deal with it.  Josh I do wish you the best...And I hope that you are using the public to help kick the addiction and not just to bring attention upon yourself.



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:58 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I disagree that he should quit because he is an addict. If his addiction progresses to the point where he is unable to play then he should be fired! People that are battling addiction do not necessarily need to quit working. The guy drank and admitted it! Fortunately he did't use other drugs this time. Unlike you I believe he did take responsibility for it.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:56 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

"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.""

No judgment here.  I'm sure more than enough people reading these posts and this article can definitely relate.  Peace-



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:25 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

1. Fuck his book

2. Fuck every lazy, unerachieving hack that thinks he should apologize. They should take a look in the mirror.



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:29 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

If you read the book about him you will realize how big of a deal it is! This kid has an amazing story of how he made it back from the lowest you can get in life. Don't come on here and say he is not a role model and that he is a scum. Until you read the book about him you have no room to say anything about this kid. I will continue to support Hamilton and i always will he has become one of my favorite players in baseball.



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Drink Up Young Man

Josh fell off the wagon. Oh my god!! What a surprise. Josh takes responsibility. Doesn't blame anyone but himself. What an upstanding citizen. There are 50 people in that room with nothing better to do than listen to him lobby to keep his high paying job. Who cares? Please, get drunk everyday. Get in the car. Kill someone. Then you can hold another presser, apologize to the family, and give them a wad of cash instead of going to jail. You are an absolute piece of crap. But because you are a great baseball player, you are given many chances. Fire him if you don't like it. But otherwise, could we just not hear about this anymore?



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

If this clown is what we are supposed to look at as a roll-model, you can have him. I will stick to NON Drug Addicts like Tiger Woods! It is so amazing how you clowns slick up for this clown. To be honest, I really think Tiger is a JERK also, but he is a better JERK than Hamilton, also I really don't care for any Star, and will NEVER totally believe in any of them.


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