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Josh Hamilton, Rangers play cleanup following news of more substance abuse February 8, 2012

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Josh Hamilton, the promising 30 year-old slugger for the Texas Rangers, has a history of severe substance abuse. That why the news that he was drinking in a bar in February 2012 led to public concern regarding the welfare of both Hamilton and the Texas Rangers. Responding to this concern, Hamilton delivered a public mea culpa that lasted for 12 minutes. In front of several news camera, Hamilton explained that he took no drugs on the night in question, confirmed that none of his teammates knew about his actions, and that he was sorry for everyone he disappointed. More importantly, Hamilton reminded the media that he was constantly battling his addictions, but that he would look to both God and rehab to make sure this was a one-time mistake.

The reasons for Hamilton to go public are many, but among them are that this is a contract year for him. The Rangers are clearly concerned about one of their star players, especially since addicts of the past, like Darryl Strawberry, were never as great as they could have been had they not been battling their demons. So, the question is whether Hamilton’s public apology did anything to address the concern about his lapse in judgment.

For more on the Hamilton apology, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  How would you rate the effectiveness of Hamilton’s apology? Was it successful? Why, or why not?

2.  Will the Rangers accept the risk and keep Hamilton?

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