ARLINGTON (AP/CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Rangers outfielder and recovering drug addict Josh Hamilton says he had a relapse and had “three or four” drinks earlier this week.
Hamilton spoke Friday, confirming a report that he drank alcohol at a Dallas-area restaurant/bar on Monday night. He said it was a “weak moment” and “it was just wrong.”
Hamilton also confessed to calling Rangers teammate Ian Kinsler to talk and come get him from the bar. He admitted that after Kinsler returned him home he lied and said he would not return to the bar – which he did 30 minutes later.
“I needed to responsible and I was not responsible. Those actions have hurt a lot of people who are close to me.” Hamilton continued.
The 31-year-old player was suspended for more than three years for drug and alcohol use while in the Tampa Bay organization. He missed the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons, but has become one of the best players in baseball on a team that has won the last two American League pennants. He was the AL MVP in 2010.
“When I take one day off, it leaves me open for a moment of weakness. And it’s always been that way.” said Hamilton.
It is Hamilton’s second known alcohol-related relapse in three years. In January 2009, he drank to excess in a bar in Tempe, Ariz. Before that, Hamilton said he hadn’t taken a drink of alcohol since Oct. 6, 2005.
“I just ask everybody who’s watching and listening to pray for me and my family as we go through this difficult time.” Hamilton said he’ll be meeting with MLB in New York soon to, “talk to them a little bit about what happened and continue doing my (drug) testing”.
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