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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: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

From the article on ESPN

"Hamilton returned to Sherlock's Pub & Grill and had several more drinks. He admitted that "things happened that, me personally, I'm not proud of after I drank" but didn't discuss any incidents specifically."

I think we all know what this means... Right now some fat chick is telling all her friends about how she hooked up with Josh Hamilton in the bathroom at Sherlock's Pub & Grill....



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

LINDRO99To the guy who called him a joke, you should only prey that addiction never enters your life.  Either yourself or a family member.  Then you will see what a simple minded comment you made.  Josh Hamilton will have to deal with this " joke" his whole life, Lille millions of other people, only he has to do it in public. You must lead a really sheltered life to judge this guy. He's no joke, he's an addict. Hopefully you never have to go through what Ann addict does, and maybe if you knew a little more about real life, you wouldn't be so quick to judge. 


Great comments cannot add anything to them.  Hope this is just a blimp and he is back on the road to recovery.   



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

What a bummer...I know he will bounce back. Living under a microscope would be hard.  So many people look to him for inspiration. Everyone has to remember he is a human being...he is still going to make many mistakes along the way. I will always be a Hamilton fan....



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

AA is very simple Josh. Meeting Makers Make It. 



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Could not have said it any better



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

To the guy who called him a joke, you should only prey that addiction never enters your life. Either yourself or a family member. Then you will see what a simple minded comment you made. Josh Hamilton will have to deal with this " joke" his whole life, Lille millions of other people, only he has to do it in public. You must lead a really sheltered life to judge this guy. He's no joke, he's an addict. Hopefully you never have to go through what Ann addict does, and maybe if you knew a little more about real life, you wouldn't be so quick to judge.



Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Miguel Cabrera drank a fifth of whiskey and got behind the wheel of a car.  This guy had a few pops at dinner.  Leave the guy alone for christsakes!



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Next time call your sponsor first, Josh.



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Next Time call your sponsor first, Josh. 
 



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference


Hamilton is a class act. The guy is an addict and these types of things can happen. Noone is perfect. The guy didn't do anyting illegal. And he OWNED it. He made no excuse, didn't blame anyone and to it square on the chin.
 I hope that he gets the additional help that he needs.


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