Josh Hamilton Drinking Relapse: More Details Emerge About Recent Incident

on February 10 2012 11:53 AM
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Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton makes a statement about the events causing his relapse from sobriety during a news conference in Arlington, Texas, February 3, 2012. (Reuters/Tim Sharp)

More details have emerged about Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton's drinking relapse that he was reported to have suffered at a Dallas bar called Sherlock's on Monday Jan. 30 as well as alleged bathroom sex that same day.

In an email to Deadspin, an eyewitness who claimed to also be at Sherlock's outlined an account of what the star outfielder did, such as seeing Hamilton standing in a stairwell with a drink in his hand, walking into the bar's rear restroom with a woman and coming out five minutes later with the woman having a big smile on her face, her jaw kind of dropped open.

The email in its entirety can be read here.

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Hamilton makes a statement about his relapse from sobriety during a press conference in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 3, 2012. (Reuters/Tim Sharp)

Deadspin also reports that a Dallas television station that was offered a videotape for $41,000 allegedly showing Hamilton having sex in the bathroom spoke to Sherlock's employees and customers on Tuesday Feb. 1 who claimed to see Hamilton go into the restroom with a woman while an employee blocked the entrance. According to the station, anywhere from six to 10 people saw Hamilton go into the bathroom.

Hamilton's relapse in January was the second alcohol-related relapse in three years. In January 2009, he drank to excess in a bar in Tempe, Ariz., which nearly ended his baseball career. Hamilton said a momentary lapse in his Christian faith contributed to the slip, reinforcing to him the dangers of alcohol and its allure to him.

I got away from the one thing that kept me on the straight and narrow and that was my relationship with the Lord, Hamilton said in August 2009. That should always come first. Hopefully some good will come out of this.

Hamilton continued: It just crossed my mind that night, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously I can't and this reinforces that. Since that night, I have not had another thought like that. I know it's something I shouldn't do because it leads to other things.

The Dallas Morning News reported that a day after the 2009 incident, Hamilton informed his family, the Rangers and Major League Baseball of his transgression. He passed an immediate drug test (since he also had a history of drug addiction) and later participated in a MLB-mandated counseling program.

The Rangers took no punitive measures in 2009. That year, Hamilton made the American League All-Star team, despite an abdominal tear he suffered mid-season. In 2010, he not only made the All-Star team, but also won the AL MVP, the American League Championship Series MVP and the Silver Slugger Award.

Since Hamilton's recent relapse, discussions about a contract extension with the Rangers have been on hold. The perennial All-Star is set to make $13.75 million in the last year of a two-year deal he signed before last season.

On Friday Feb. 3, Hamilton spoke about his relapse without a script and did not take questions during a 12-minute press conference at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He apologized to his family, fans and the team.

You guys all know how hard I play on the field and I give it everything I absolutely have, said Hamilton. When I don't do that off the field, I leave myself open for a weak moment. I had a weak moment on Monday night in Dallas.

He added: It was just wrong. That's all it comes down to. I needed to be at a different place. I needed to be responsible. I was not responsible. Those actions of mine have hurt a lot of people I'm very close to.

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