The 2010 American League MVP battled drug and alcohol throughout his time in the minors and temporarily left baseball. Save for one relapse, he has reportedly been sober since October 2005.
Hamilton said Friday that it was a personal issue that pushed him to drink Monday night. He didn't elaborate, but expressed remorse for what transpired.
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.
Hamilton admitted that addiction is something that stays with him and is always a part of his life.
I cannot take a break from my recovery. My recovery is Christ. My recovery is an every-day process. When I take that one day off, it leaves me open for a moment of weakness and it's always been that way.
Hamilton said that he had three or four drinks at dinner, then met teammate Ian Kinsler and did not drink in front of him. He said that he and Kinsler went somewhere else, and when Kinsler decided to go home, he dropped Hamilton off at another restaurant and he said that Kinsler told him not to go back to where they were. Hamilton said that he did just what his teammate told him not to do, and had a few more drinks.
In his press conference, Hamilton admitted that he loses control of himself when he drinks and doesn't know what will happen.
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft said that he did not use any drugs on Monday and that he has already passed two drug tests since the incident.
Hamilton's previous relapse became public after racy pictures of him in a bar with a group of women surfaced on the Internet in 2009.
In his presser, Hamilton came across as remorseful, repeatedly apologizing.
The Rangers and Hamilton have been working on a long-term contract, and for more on how Hamilton's relapse could impact those negotiations, check out this story.