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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: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:49 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Like he said He can be deceptive

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:33 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

They took a chance with Ron Washington and look at the sucess the team has had the past two years, so I believe that Josh is worth taking a chance on.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:21 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

This guy is a joke--

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:54 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

At least Josh did not hide behind his lawyer (Tiger) ot lie (Palermo) or dance around the issue (McGwire).  He manned up and admitted his mistake/relapse.  I just pray that alcohol was the only substance he abused.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:46 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I am neither a health professional nor a counselor, but trained in d/a issues because I supervised others in the workplace.  Common knowledge of addiction says that admitting your addiction is the first step.  Hamilton: check.  Second step is to get help to stop the addictive behavior.  Hamilton: check.  Next, surround yourself with family, friends, and supporters, and hold yourself accountable to them.  Hamilton: check, I think.  And, at some point, you still may CHOOSE to raise alcohol to your lips.  Hamilton: check.  He admits it.  He has more reasons than most struggling addicts to not lift the glass but he CHOOSES to do so, and admits it.  There is no magical thing that possesses him when near the stuff - he knows it's pure liquid death to his body and brain wiring. I understand the brain/addiction connection but beyond that am baffled.  I watched a former brother-in-law, now dead from addiction, work hard and drink every day until late, fall asleep, and do it again the next day.  For every day of his short life.  He never chose to admit his alcoholism, never "needed" help.  Hamilton is privileged, wealthy, educated regarding his addictions, and has experience in rehabilitation settings.  And likely can never again be fully trusted by those in his family, his circle of friends and teammates. I have neither empathy nor contempt for Josh Hamilton.  I can't imagine feeling thrilled ever again watching this guy play.  

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:37 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Well stated. Sending Josh good vibes; every day is a battle and you are winning many more than you have lost.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:36 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I used to work for a drug testing company for almost 5 years and cocaine is in and out of your system in 24-36 hrs max. In no way am I impressed with someone who passes a drug test for cocaine.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:32 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Holy crap, makes you wonder why alcohol is even legal in the first place when the only time you will seek help is when you almost lose everything... Again, why not tell people you have a drink every now and then? It's just a minor slip up right? Unless he is using drinking to cover up another habit like cocaine. His addictions are not just about alcohol, dude liked to snort up and have sex... Sorry guys, something bigger is afoot with Mr. Josh Hamilton.

Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:20 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Even given his past he shouldn't have to defend himself if he's not doing anything illegal. He might have some explaining to do to his team and his family, but not to the general public. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:20 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

>>> He likes getting messed up, so do I. A lot of people do.

A lot of people are idiots.

Why do you like getting "messed up."? So you can have sex without inhibitions. Because you like to vomit? Because in 20 years when ever day will be precious to you, yo don't want to be able to remember half your life?

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