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Josh Hamilton Falls Off The Wagon

Updated on November 1, 2012

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Hamilton Explains His 'Weak Moment'

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton who has has previous issues with drugs and alcohol spoke with the media today to explain his alcoholic relapse this past Monday. Hamilton was spotted drinking at a local restaurant which for some would not be a big problem. However, with Hamilton, who was suspended for 3 years when he played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, it's a sad moment.

Hamilton did not take any media questions but explained in his statement that it for him was "a weak moment in his life." He further indicated that these moments only take place when he isn't on the ball field and he wanted to come out and apologize to his family, teammates, and all concerned for his well-being. Hamilton indicated that his Texas Rangers teammates and support staff are fully behind him and understand the situation. He further added that no drugs were involved and that he has taken two drug tests since Monday to support that fact.

It's unfortunate that Hamilton struggles with these type of addictions as do many people around the world but I'm sure it took a lot to come out publicly and apologize. Hamilton asked for privacy for his family and reiterated that he will be fine seeking answers from the lord and his doctors.

Hamilton is in a contract signing year with the Rangers and it is unclear if this may or may not have any impact on his career.

During his announcement, Hamilton appeared to by sympathetic and ashamed of his actions. Fans hope that Hamilton can recover quickly and bounce back into the leading role he plays for young people and Rangers fans worldwide.

Hamilton has had various life-changing moments in his life including an accidental death by a fan who reached over the outfield wall to catch a ball that Hamilton threw in the stands as a souvenir but fell to his death when he lost his balance.

Good Luck Josh, we're all praying for you.


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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Thanks glstngrosepetals for the read, let's hope so.

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Celebs are human to. I think people expect to much from them. Hopefully he can pick himself back and up and start all over again.

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      I hear ya Wesman, thanks for your comment. I hope Hamilton gets it figured out. I always envy athletes who work hard and become successful, it makes me mad when they come across stupid hiccups.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I could end up writing a huge essay here in the comments....but I'll instead try to be brief:

      He knows he's a very public figure. If he drinks, so what? I like 12 step programs, but they teach a false reality as definite, i.e., "if you're an addict and drink - you're going to use illegal drugs." - I know that that isn't true because I've got that experience.

      Hamilton, however, doesn't need to be drinking in public places if he's going to be preaching "God and A.A." - because if he does it's going to be bad for him...due to hypocrisy.

      If he's going to drink he's going to have to state publicly something like, "buzz off, I didn't use drugs, drinking isn't illegal."

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Thanks for stopping by DJ, I agree.

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      Kyle Ilgenfritz 5 years ago from York, PA

      I think people are generally too quick to judge on celebrity and athlete's lives. One or two drinks is not a relapse so long as the behavior can be effectively controlled.

      An addiction is when the behavior spirals out of control and the action becomes compulsive rather than simply a choice. "I choose to have a beer" and "I can't stop drinking" are two wholly different things.

      At the same time though, Hamilton has had drug and alcohol problems before. This was clearly mentioned in the article without judgment, just a fact. So long as his support system can eliminate the possibility of a real relapse, then he'll be fine and swinging for the Rangers come Spring Training.