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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: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

It's pretty bad when you are a grown man and you got to hire someone to look after you.


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Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

You sir have either never had an addiction, or known someone who has.  It does not matter whether you are a boy or a grown man.  An accountablitiy partner is a person who is at your side helping, and encouraging.  You need to understand what it's like to be addicted to a substance and what it will do to you for the rest of your life before you make statements like this.  Josh is an outstanding Christian person, but this shows we can still fail if we let our guard slip for just a second.  I hope you will think about that before you make another statement like this.



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

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I'm near dallas and the buzz over what actually took place is growing. There's a story out now that he spent a bit of time in the bar restroom stall with some old looking woman. Either he was doing coke or knocking that old broad up...maybe both. People who witnessed Josh at the bar are coming out telling what they saw. It's not looking too good for Josh Hamilton. That demon on his back is destroying his testimony.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I can't think of a more likeable guy in MLB and such a feel good story about conquering inner demons.  I really wish the best for Josh and that he remains sober the rest of his life.  Unfortunately the League is involved and he won't be able to play baseball unless he remains sober.  Really what kind of baseball would he play if he wasn't sober.  Alcohol and drugs rarely are kicked without a sponser/coach for many years and that you are never really truly recovered.  Beating drugs and alcohol is a day to day committment for the rest of your life.  If were to bet on any individual succeeding overcoming this addiction Josh Hamilton would be the guy I bet on.  God Bless and Godspeed to you Josh.  MLB would be a sad place without you and everyone is pulling for your continued recovery.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Not exactly sure how he made a mistake? Sure he's had substance abuse problems in the past, but drinking is legal. So if you've had substance abuse problems in the past, you can NEVER drink alcohol again or it's considered a mistake??
Yes -- that is exactly the case.  Once you have a drug/alcohol addiction you can NEVER drink again and it is a "mistake" to do so.  The reasons are right in the article --Hamilton never knows when the "switch will flip" -- 1 drink, 2 drinks, 3?  Once it "flips", then what?  How far off the wagon does Hamilton go and does he throw away even more of his career?  Ask any substance abuse counselor -- for a guy like Hamilton, even 1 drink is a mistake.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Him drinking is his decision along w/ his family and support group.  The drugs are a different story; that's where the league gets involved.  Yeah he had a few drinks.  He acknowledges his mistake. 
Sorry, but not entirely accurate.  Once you are in baseball's drug program, as Hamilton of course is, that covers drinking too.  The league "gets involved" in alcohol cases like this because of Hamilton's substance abuse issues, which included drugs and alcohol.  In this case drinking is "his decision" but that leads to MLB's decision of whether or not to suspend Hamilton or not. 



Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

It's pretty bad when you are a grown man and you got to hire someone to look after you.



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I feel bad for the guy; not b/c he had a few drinks monday night but because of the public scrutiny he has to endure.  All his vices have been lumped together since he went public with it after his ban from the game.  Now he's "held" to very rigid expectations by those who have no say-so.  Him drinking is his decision along w/ his family and support group.  The drugs are a different story; that's where the league gets involved.  Yeah he had a few drinks.  He acknowledges his mistake.  Move on.  If he's been sober since Monday night, that's  4 days of sobriety.  String em together like a hitting streak Josh.  Fk going to New York and meeting with the league and getting psychoanalyzed.  You got this!




Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

watching the press conference now.  this is how a truly contrite man speaks.  he's made a mistake and is owning it.  God bless you Josh and may your relationship with the Lord deepen from this trial


Not exactly sure how he made a mistake? Sure he's had substance abuse problems in the past, but drinking is legal. So if you've had substance abuse problems in the past, you can NEVER drink alcohol again or it's considered a mistake?? And then you have to have a news conference and tell your business to the entire world??

Hmmmm??? Really??




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Maybe the women are so ugly where he was hanging out he needed a few drinks to improve them from a 3 to a 7.  Leave the guy alone if he wants a drink let him.  You only live once and its good to go out and enjoy life every once in awhile.  Im sure a glass of water and a game of chess is a fun night for these people bashing josh about drinking but the dude needs to loosen up.  

Alcohol is legal and that the lowly rangers had to go and drug test him immediately after this incident is ridiculous. Maybe hes just depressed you let your best pitcher go over to your division rival.  Maybe the rangers office should get drug tested or chill out and go to a bar and get a drink themselves.    Dont let these people get you down Josh, do your thing, your still young, but your are a grown adult who should be respected for any legal decision you make. 


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