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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: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

To me this is such a dumb story he made a mistake and he was man enough to admit his mistake,he didnt do anything that was illegal at all in which people drink massive amounts everyday yes he shouldnt of drank and realized he made a mistake and appolgized for it, there is no reason for people to jump all over him about this 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

You are an idiot. NOONE cares about your dumb family. Hamilton is a great ballplayer and a good human being you are a tool and if you ceased to exist noone would notice or care.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:15 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I agree that it is none of the public's business.  He fessed up like a man to his boss (The Texas Rangers).  This guy is a GREAT ballplayer, and worth the "risk" if you will.  They have it right.  An assigned person keeps him accountable during the season, and this has worked perfectly.  He had a lapse.  It happens, no one is hurt by it (except for the fat girl who has not gotten a call), so lets move on to spring training.  I hope he hit .300 with 40 bombs, and we aren't talking about this any longer.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:12 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

What a bunch of crap...poor me poor me.....what about the trail you drunks leave behind? yes i do care because my wife and kids are on the same streets JOKE of a man>>> 



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:10 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

REG DATBOY comments, truly the most insensitive post and dumbest i have ever   read out here..



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

HIS  answer gets him a    101??????????????????? Are u serious, this guy is clueless... What are u mods doing out here?



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Geez, Kill a man for having a drink or two. Millions of people relapse everyday. Not like he killed someone!!! He made a mistake of drinking w a fat girl that looked hot and now he regrets it!!!



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

going to meetings doesnt help anyone. putting yourself around other addicts makes it worse. and to sit there and talk about it is even more insane.  talking about your problems and bringing them up constantly and hearing others problems only make your problems seem worse.  he needs someone their to advise him on how to stop thinking about alcohol/drugs, not talk about the past.  the past doesnt solve the future occurrences. 



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

why does the public deserve to hear anything about this young mans personal life? its his life.  and like i said when this story broke last night where was his family?  He shouldn't have to pay someone to be their for him...his family should be there free of charge.  

addiction is a huge problem in this country and world.  and its growing by the minute.  unfortunately the only way to learn is by your mistakes.  that is just how life is and goes.   but i still believe that his family should be around him as much as possible.  but i guess i would be a different parent then his or brother. 



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

AS someone in  recovery, go to a meeting josh, try not to beat yourself up to much... all the best..  dinz


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