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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: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:03 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Well stated Hammer!!!!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:01 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

A lot of people commenting here do not seem to understand the nature of addiction.  The fact that drinking is legal is neither here nor there.  People addicted to alcohol know that they are travelling along a road that can cost them absolutely everything. Loved ones, career, all of their money, reputation, even their own life.  They know this, and they cannot stop. And it is not like the average joe, who can occasionally go out and get sh*t faced without long term effects.  Hamilton's description of "flipping the switch" and not knowing when the point of no return is reached, is totally accurate.  One drink is completely a mistake.  There are no "recovered" alcoholics.  There are only alcoholics who have to fight the battle, every single day of their lives.  And alcoholics who do not or cannot fight the battle, and go down the drain one way or the other.

Good luck Josh.   

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:00 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Alcohol is legal, now if he said he was going in the bathroom and sneaking lines of coke and swallowing ecstacy then maybe beat himself up...just cause you had a problem with drugs dont let people tell you you cant have a few drinks..alcohol is too often used as a scapegoat...i get piss drunk here and there but i dont drive, dont rob no one and dont go off on a drug binge, people use i was drunk too much as their reasoning for doing bad things..

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:00 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

You have no clue what you are talking about!!!! Alcoholism is a physical allergy fueld by a mental obsession it certainly is a disease and is recognized as such by the medical profession. For alcoholics one drink is too many and one thousand drinks are not enough. I suggest that prior to commenting you acquire some knowledge of what yoyu're speaking about!!!! AA is not a joke you jackwagon it has saved my life as well as countless others!!!!

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:50 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

This just goes to show how different people are physiologically. I couldn't get addicted to alcohol because I have no interest in drinking. I don't abstain for any particular moral or religious reason. I just don't think it's that enjoyable. My biological response to alcohol has to be diferent.

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

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

At his next AA meeting, Josh should stand up and say," I am a functioning alcoholic now leave me the eff alone!". Lie about the coke/sex but not about legal drinking.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:25 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Damn Torresterrors

I agree with every word you just said. I don't think he is being honest either. He likes getting messed up, so do I. A lot of people do. He just has to stand in the court of public opinion.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:25 pm

A Lesson and a role model

Let this be a lesson to all the young people out there... you can have no self control, be completely immature, break the law and generally behave like a frat boy well into your 30's ... whatever you want... but as long as you can hit a baseball you will get chance after chance to redeem yourself. People will shower you with money and compliments about how brave you are fighting your "inner demons" -- of course if you are the exact same person and did all those same things but couldn't hit a curveball... then people would laugh and crack a joke about what a loser you are as they strolled by your unconscious body lying in the gutter outside the bar.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:22 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

The press conference is damage control.  It accomplished what he and his agent and the Texas Rangers wanted.  Everyone is all "get off his back.  He's a good guy.  He's honest and open about his problems".  I can't believe how much sympathy this guy gets!!!  Why?!  Because he's Christian?  Because he's open and honest?  Because he's a baseball player?  Or is it because he's white?  Eventually he could drink and drive and if you or someone you care about is hurt or killed by him will you still be defending him or feeling sorry for him?

I don't believe he is being completely honest.  I don't believe that he has never driven while over the legal limit.  I don't believe that he has been completely clean of narcotics either.  I'm not being cynical, I'm being realistic. 

People should accept that Josh Hamilton has a very serious problem with ADDICTION and that none of us should JUDGE him as a person.  All I hope for is that he tries to be the best human being that he can be with his family (1st), teammates (2nd), employer (3rd), fans (4th) and everyone else that crosses his path.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:21 pm

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference


Substance abuse counselors love guys like Hamilton because they get paid off of him. Drinking alcohol is not a mistake. It is legal and he is of age and he can do whatever he wants. Alcoholism is a made up fairy tale. It is a made up disease that for some reason people believe in. There are real diseases in the world to care about. People like getting drunk, it is fun. hamilton knows this, therefore he drinks. he is lying through his teeth in that press conference, saying that crap. he knows damn well he doesn't have a disease that forces him to drink. He drinks cause he likes to . AA is a joke as well. Those people need to do some real drugs like Heroin, Oxy Condin (which is legal by prescription), Xanax(also legal? I don't know why?), Cocaine, etc, and then understand what being an adict is about. People decide to drink, there is no magical disease that makes them drink.

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