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Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:06 am
Edited on: February 20, 2012 4:48 pm
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the most surprising things about the recent relapse by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was that he involved a teammate, Ian Kinsler, in his night of drinking.

On Sunday, Kinsler spoke publicly for the first time since Hamilton's Jan. 30 night out. He said he didn't see Hamilton drinking that night.

"Josh is taking care of it," Kinsler said, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He's open and up-front about it, it's not really my place to talk about it. I know I was there for part of the night. I've kind of gotten over it. I'm focused on the season. I support Josh. I'm completely supportive of him. I think all of his teammates are and all the coaches are. We're going to be here for him and whatever he needs."

Kinsler said he's heard the rumors that he was drinking with Hamilton, but said he's not concerned about it.

"I was there. I know what happened," he said. "People can say what they think was happening or what they want to say about the situation. There were, seriously, eight people in that bar. I don't know how many people were focused on us. We weren't out in the middle of the bar."

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Comments

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

Josh Hamilton was drinking but fear not Miguel Cabrera drove him home.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

isn't it funny where Hamilton acts as if he is some tough guy, yet his knee buckles around alchohol and crack cocaine.....but there other worse things in life....like cheating on your wife?  it will be amazing if the Rangers can get back to the World Series and win it.




Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

let him have a drink, just do not give him a lighter...




Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

First off, if Josh is reading internet comments in an attempt to stay sober, that's not good. Second, agreed, you don't take your recovering addict friend to a bar, regardless of how cool he says he is (this is where the "in-between life coaches" thing comes into play). Third, I know Kinsler doesn't want to be blamed in any way for what happened, so his comments are exactly what you'd expect "you weren't there, you don't know" type of stuff.



Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

Did somebody not proof read this article? Night is not spelled Nigh and Upfront is not spelled Ipfront-Cmon Man!



Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

Readers,
  Some of the comments are disturbing.  First things first, why dont people just let Josh figure out his problems without public involvement.  He is being surrounded by professional help right now.  His addiction issues have hurt his family over the last 10 years.  I do agree that Josh should have not been out in the first place.  Hopefully he will square away his issue and get ready for the baseball season.  He is a great player and athlete and sometimes public involvement can hurt a player by making his issues public.



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

asshole you must be a holic too.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

I bet Party Josh is a lot more fun then Sobber Josh.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

Basic rule...Do NOT take your alcoholic, addict friend and teammate to a bar! 

Do we really know if this is really a bar or just a restaraunt that has a "bar" with it?  Would it be Kinsler's fault if he brought him to dinner and Hamilton decided to order a drink?

I agree it isn't that wise to bring a person to a bar (solely a bar, with no restaraunt attached) but to a restaraunt then why should we care? 



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:08 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

I would hope Kinsler wasn't drinking with Hamilton......that would have been detrimental to the Rangers with the season so close.


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