Josh Hamilton, Still Battling Relapse Demons, Seen Drinking at Dallas Area Bar [UPDATE]

According to the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had a relapse this last week in his battle against drug and alcohol addiction, and was seen drinking in an area bar on Monday night. The Rangers organization’s only comment was that they “were aware of the situation.” No word on how serious it was, though with someone with Hamilton’s troubled history, any relapse is a concern.

Hamilton’s last reported relapse was in January of 2009. Last year, he battled injuries for the AL Champion Rangers. He also dealt with the Shannon Stone tragedy when he threw a ball to a fan, who slipped and fell to his death, and later, Hamilton caught an emotional first pitch from Cooper Stone.

Alcoholism and drug abuse is a rough battle, and here’s hoping this is just a minor hurdle and Hamilton immediately gets the help he needs.

[UPDATE: Via reader Matt, here are two tweets from females this week who claim to have been at a bar in Dallas with Hamilton and his teammate, Ian Kinsler. The Dallas Morning News did not name the bar Hamilton was allegedly at, so there’s no way to confirm their story. And neither tweet confirms Hamilton was consuming alcohol, either.]

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