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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: May 30, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:48 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

SO WHAT?? He let er rip a little bit and got that out of his system. He is a big boy who can make his own choices. If he makes it a regular thing to drink and hide it we might something to worry about.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Until your ONE and have walked thru hell and back, then your thoughts might change on this matter.
If you have an over eater, gambler, sex addict etc. in your relationship with family, friends and realtaives, than you can relate .

If not, your in denial


No denial here. I am not stronger than others, I could lose a few pounds, drink a little less.

But, I never had to break a serious drug habit.


I, like most others, am not a junkie heroin fiend or crackhead, because I never tried the stuff, plain and simple.  It is that easy.     
   


Addiction is either hereditary or we get caught up in a life that we don't even realize were in.



Pure and simple BS. No one forced him to take the crack or drink, that was his choice.
 As no one forced you, bucky. 

      
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Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Can somebody please explain what the fuss is here? It's not exactly an episode of the FBI files is it?
Man drinks beer (a perfectly legal product) and the drinking of this beer leads to absolutely no crime or anti-social behaviour.
What am I missing? As far as I can see the only 'crime' is drinking and lots of people (including Hamilton himself) want to condemn him. Get a grip for God's sake.
If drinking beer was so bad I'd be arrested 3 or 4 times a week. In fact I'd probably be doing life without parole.
I do appreciate that he has behaved badly before so he wants to stop drinking, but nothing bad happened. Put it down as a mistake and don't be too hard on yourself, that's my advice.



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:59 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

i beg to differ that you beg to differ.  All of life comes down to a simple choice...a choice made by the individual. Yes people influence that choice but its the individual in the end that makes the choice.  Not going to meetings and hearing everyone else, not even God!  Did you ever think the only God is the one within yourself...your conscious is speaking to you, sorry not God!  



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:55 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

its called dont drink period!!! alcohol is horrible for you. its one of the worst poisons you can put in your body besides, fast food, cigarettes, and prescription pills.   i stopped smoking 2.5 yrs ago best thing i ever did besides quitting drinking 6 months ago.   you just need to surround yourself with people who dont do those things and wont allow you to.   but period it comes down to the strength of the individual cause only you can make the choice in the end!

if you were being serious about your question..that was my answer 



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:52 am
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

oo many people sticking up for this guy like he is a close friend or family member.


No their not , their just relating to what he's going thru because they've gone thru the very same in life. Don't judge the guy till you know the facts and if you haven't walked thru hell and back like he did and many more , you can't speak

I am so sick of hearing all these people acting like addiction is fated to some people. They make it sound like junkies are unlucky and non-junkies are just lucky. He made his choice the first time he sucked on that glass pipe and he paid for it. 



Reading that I see you know zippo about zippo.

He did make his choice the 1st time he did what he did and that's a true fact and your only clear statemnet you've made 

Addiction did not break into his life, or unexpectedly come sit next to him in the park, he opened the door and let it in.

Addiction is either hereditary or we get caught up in a life that we don't even realize were in. Until your ONE and have walked thru hell and back, then your thoughts might change on this matter.
If you have an over eater, gambler, sex addict etc. in your relationship with family, friends and realtaives, than you can relate .

If not, your in denial


 



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:51 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

I am sure I am echoing many other posts on here, but as a recovering addict, the fact that he is so honest and specific with what happened is a good sign that this might be a single slip up for him.  I have slipped up once or twice without it turning into total relapse. 

You can do it Josh...



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

The addication thing is a biggie and once relapse well it could be morth than alchohol.  Test him and see what he has done to himself...that is where the guilt might actually be and if the truth is revealed it may very well set him free.  The commentary by Heyman is like sinple minded - for likely most of the players are juicing or had been juicing - so who can you trust?  The players?  The owners?  The truth is that the truth is ugly and you may not want to know what it is.....




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

LINDRO99To the guy who called him a joke, you should only prey that addiction never enters your life.  Either yourself or a family member.  Then you will see what a simple minded comment you made.  Josh Hamilton will have to deal with this " joke" his whole life, Lille millions of other people, only he has to do it in public. You must lead a really sheltered life to judge this guy. He's no joke, he's an addict. Hopefully you never have to go through what Ann addict does, and maybe if you knew a little more about real life, you wouldn't be so quick to judge. 

I can't believe the bleeding friggin hearts on this board.



Too many people sticking up for this guy like he is a close friend or family member.

Addiction did not break into his life, or unexpectedly come sit next to him in the park, he opened the door and let it in.
(Unless you have proof that his first hit of crack was done with someone pointing a weapon at him, threatening his life, I will apologize.)



I am so sick of hearing all these people acting like addiction is fated to some people. They make it sound like junkies are unlucky and non-junkies are just lucky. He made his choice the first time he sucked on that glass pipe and he paid for it. 
  

He was a great story coming back from the depths, now he is just a millionaire recidivist.


If you want to feel sorry or send prayers to an athlete, Gary Carter has brain cancer, give him some good karma.

Or feel bad for his Hamilton's 3 daughters and step daughter, having to grow up with an unstable crack-head father.

    
 
    



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference

Its a bit sooap-operaish. Has nothing to do with baseball...BUT, if anything is to be takin from this is the fact that alcoholism is a horrible thing. And you can also put the people around you in harms way. But most of all kids... its shows the most valuble lesson in life. You can screw up all you want in life, just step-up and admit your mistakes and do your best to correct them. Bravo Mr. Hamilton for stepping forward and admitting your not perfect, but your a better man than most for just being honest.  


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