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Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton gets personal about alcohol addiction

hamiltonjosh070911_optTexas Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser, admitted at a press conference today to having several drinks in two Dallas restaurants on Monday night.

“I had a weak moment on Monday night in Dallas," Hamilton told reporters gathered the Ballpark in Arlington.

The 2010 American League’s Most Valuable Player first drank alcohol in Sherlock’s Pub, according to the Dallas Morning News, which cited “individuals familiar with the episode.”

Hamilton said he called teammate Ian Kinsler, who joined him before going to an establishment across the street and talking baseball. Hamilton said Kinsler was unaware he had been drinking.

“Once I do drink I can be very deceptive, very sneaky in a lot of ways," Hamilton said.

Kinsler then drove him home and Hamilton promised he would not go out, but he admitted that he returned to the establishment they left and drank again. He said he took photos with people and assumed at some point they would end up on the Internet.

Hamilton, 30, said his abuse was restricted to alcohol, noting that he had two drug tests this week.

“I feel terrible about this because I feel like I let a lot of people down,” Hamilton said. “There's nobody that feels worse than I do."

It was the second known lapse by Hamilton since a famous episode in Tempe, Ariz., in January 2009.

The slugger had been suspended from baseball for more than three years for drug and alcohol abuse when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who drafted him in 1999.

Hamilton is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the 2012 season. He and his agent Mike Moye had been talking to the Rangers about a long-term extension, according to mlb.com, but Hamilton admitted that those talks will be “put on the backburner for awhile.”

He told reporters he would soon meet with doctors for Major League Baseball and the Players Association in New York.

“After this happens and praying about it, I cannot take a break from my recovery," Hamilton said. "My recovery is Christ. My recovery is an everyday process, because when I take that one day off, it leaves me open for that moment of weakness and it's always been that way."

He apologized to his family, the team and to fans for letting them down and causing them any pain.

Hours before the press conference, according to the Dallas Morning News, Hamilton’s wife, Katie, posted on Twitter: “Truly appreciate all the encouraging & supportive tweets we've been getting. God is faithful and forgives - so thankful that you all are .... Showing us such love and encouragement during this time."

—JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 
Comments (3)
3 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:13
Shane Star
Quit crying around
2 Saturday, 04 February 2012 23:54
Precious
I don't think Josh Hamilton needs to feel he has to publicly announce that he's had a relapse. I appreciate him sharing the information with the public, but it's his personal business and I wish him the best of luck and will definitely pray for him. I think he is a very handsome young man and I would love to meet him one day!
1 Saturday, 04 February 2012 19:39
duane
Why doesn't he call his sponsor and save us the drama? Pleeeeze! Why is his addiction any different than anybody else's ? Oh, I forgot, because he makes millions and he is a star. Hey, Josh, next time , buy yourself a 12 pk. and go home and drink it, instead of hitting a well known Bar around town! Give me a break, I'm tired of hearing about it!

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