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Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:10 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 10:15 pm
 
Josh HamiltonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

For the first time since his relapse, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton answered questions on Wednesday, speaking with his Pastor, Dr. James Robison, on GBTV.com, the online home of right-wing political commentator Glenn Beck.

Hamilton said he was undergoing a "Josh Hamilton makeover," going to "one-on-one" counseling, as well as counseling sessions with his wife, Katie.

"I'm doing good. I'm well, my family's well. We're taking this as a serious issue," Hamilton said. "I had a slip-up in '09 and moving past that, it was, 'OK, I'm fine. It was one night, everything's over.' We didn't really move back towards what cause me to slip-up, why did I all of a sudden choose to do this? And it happened again.

"This time, it's not just, 'OK, it happened, we'll move past it and maybe it won't happen again.' We want to find out why it continues to happen. It's not on a regular basis, but whether it's things in my life, whether it's stress or home things, or whatever the case may be, those things might be a trigger."

Hamilton said his faith will be the focus of the makeover.

"It's going to be a process," Hamilton said. "I'm not fixed. I'm doing things right a day at a time. I can always use prayer from people."

He spoke about his relationship with his wife and daughters, and that he was concentrating on communicating with them better. He said that's improved since his relapse.

Josh Hamilton
"It has been a special time," Hamilton said. "The communication the last one-and-a-half weeks has been more than there has been in the past eight years. I'm not saying I haven't been communicating but it has been more meaningful communication."

He didn't shy from taking responsibility or having to live in the public eye.

"Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me," Hamilton said. "You guys know my heart, and I think you sense that. Me, personally, I'm going to do everything I can do to break these walls down and become a better man, a role model, and someone your little ones can to and want to strive to be like one day -- a man who is not perfect, but admits to his mistakes and wants to get better."

Here's the entire interview:



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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:17 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Gotta say this, and this is coming from a somewhat agnostic. My dad told me once " how dare you question someones faith!!" This is coming from someone who I believe is an agnostic at best. He is a guy who has a PHD in engineering from Georgia Tech. AT the time I thought he was crazy. The reason he said this is i asked "how a engineer can believe in god?" This was many years ago. I look back at what he said and can now say "much wisdom is there" That being said, I do not go to church, or plan to, but again, us as humans are very trivial in our "knowing". DOn't be so judgemental. You might be surprised on peoples view of the world, whatever there framework might come from.


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Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:02 am
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:43 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

ric you idiot. Where does it ever say to feel sorry for him. When does he ever say everything is forgiven and doesn't matter? What the hell is he supposed to do? He messed up before and now he's trying to get clean...wouldn't you? He's paid consequences for what he has done. What is so wrong about trying to make the best now? I have always thought you should try to learn from previous mistakes to help make yourself better for the future. I know I have messed up and asked forgiveness. So who the hell are you to judge?



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:42 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Let's not get to carried away with the "my faith will carry me through this" shtick.  It is basically the same statement he made in his huge comeback year.  I do understand that his faith can be of help, but it is not enough to prevent more falls.  Addiction of any kind is an illness and disability.  It is even covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Hamilton falling off the wagon would not be unexpected by experts in the field of drug abuse.  Constant council and treatment are necessary for many trying to recover.  He may have "failed" the fans and Baseball because of the transgression, but the Rangers failure was greater for not providing the help he needs to recover.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:42 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Crack cocaine is bad, I hate it! I hate powdered cocaine too, but I like the way it smells. Hamilton is a train wreck waiting to happen, on the bright side, if it happens, it happens to Texas. Hamilton is getting all Jesusy about his addiction, I don't buy it. Even with a guest host, being on Glenn Beck's show is another sign he's out of touch with reality. Ranger's fans who aren't worried are in as much denial as Hamilton, the wheels are coming off this wagon.


Not enough words to describe your stupidity.  Do yourself and all of us a favor and delete your account.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:31 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

His two relapses have been alcohol-related. It's only a problem because of the extremely high bar that has been placed on him. If he starts getting back into actual crack then we'll have a Darryl Strawberry situation on our hands.<br /><br />Meanwhile, your team has been overpaying players for years and those players are now hitting age ceilings. The wheels are coming off THAT wagon much, much, much faster my friend. 




Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:06 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Props for one of the few sports stars left who doesn't try to blame everyone else in the world for mistakes they make.  A dying breed in todays society.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:52 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Crack cocaine is bad, I hate it! I hate powdered cocaine too, but I like the way it smells. Hamilton is a train wreck waiting to happen, on the bright side, if it happens, it happens to Texas. Hamilton is getting all Jesusy about his addiction, I don't buy it. Even with a guest host, being on Glenn Beck's show is another sign he's out of touch with reality. Ranger's fans who aren't worried are in as much denial as Hamilton, the wheels are coming off this wagon.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:25 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Crack cocaine is a wicked drug.  It has a purpose and serves that purpose well, but unless you are very rich and have a death wish...then stay the heck away from it....IT IS BAD NEWS.  The recovery from the addiction, attraction, that feel of it as it elevates the senses and the release and feeling the rush....very very much the "tool of the devil".  Alcohol too....




Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:28 am
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

I'm utterly sick of this loser and call me cruel, but I've long believed his heavy "god" talk is him doing it to avoid the sharp edge of fans and the media. I'm sure he's a man of faith, but anytime he screws up he throws it into every microphone he can find. It's become his media shield.


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