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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who has admitted to struggles with drugs and alcohol in the past, had a sobriety relapse at a North Dallas bar.
Hamilton and Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler were spotted together at Sherlock’s Pub, at Park Lane and Highway 75. Two employees at the pub confirmed that both players were there Monday night. Kinsler reportedly came to the pub after getting a phone call from Hamilton and becoming concerned. It is unclear how much Hamilton had to drink, or what he was drinking.
In a statement, the Rangers said that they were “aware of a situation, but will have no further comment at this time.”
Hamilton, who had a very public relapse in January 2009 while on a rehabilitation assignment in Arizona, has talked openly about his addiction to drugs and alcohol. In November 2010, Hamilton was asked if he still struggled like he did in 2009. “I could very well end up relapsing like in ’09,” he told CBS 11′s Tracy Kornet. “Do I see myself doing that? No, because I can’t let myself think about making that big of a mistake.”
The first overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft, Hamilton was suspended from organized baseball for three years for substance abuse. After getting sober in 2005, he made it to the major leagues in 2007. Hamilton signed with the Rangers in 2008.
Hamilton had a Rangers coaching staff member serve as his ‘accountability partner’ during the past four seasons, including during his 2010 American League MVP year.
Former assistant batting coach Johnny Narron served in that role until he departed for the Milwaukee Brewers this off-season. A successor to Narron has not been named.
Hamilton is currently in the middle of contract negotiations with the Rangers, something that could be impacted by this recently sobriety slip.
He is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at an Christian men’s event on Friday night in the Houston suburb of Katy. It is unknown if he will address the incident.
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