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Josh Hamilton on alcohol relapse: “I needed to be responsible”

by Chol Souders | Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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Josh Hamilton is making headlines for the wrong reasons. (photo by Keith Allison)

There was very sad news reported out of Dallas yesterday. Reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported that recovering addict/baseball star Josh Hamilton was spotted drinking in a Dallas-area bar on Monday. Hamilton’s story is well known at this point. He is a former number-one-overall draft pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays who could not handle the freedom of living alone after an injury and began a long chain of substance abuse.

Hamilton addressed the media this afternoon at Rangers Ballpark saying “it was just wrong” and “I needed to be responsible … I was not responsible” as well as apologizing to family, teammates, fans and people who look up to him.

According to reports, Hamilton was out on Monday evening and relapsed due to a personal issue he did not elaborate on. He contacted Ian Kinsler who joined Hamilton, although Hamilton never shared that he had been drinking. When Kinsler opted to leave, Hamilton said he was leaving, too, but instead, went back into the bar and continued to drink.

Hamilton’s faith and recovery has been well documented and it goes without question in saying that he will be criticized immensely over this, and who knows how this event will impact his contract negotiations with the Rangers. The demons that he is facing may be too much to overcome at this point. Hopefully the season being right around the corner may save help save his life.

Post By Chol Souders (127 Posts)

Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Chol enjoys fun in the sun, long walks on the beach and all types of water sports." American and Wiz With" is how he orders his cheesesteak and drinking a cold Neshaminy Creek Brew while watching the game is his favorite pastime. After receiving his B.A in Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University he has been working in sales for 5 years, while still maintaining a strong passion for all things sports and all things Philadelphia. You can usually find him at Citizens Bank Park during the summer or at McDuffs Tavern watching every other sport during the off-season.



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