Give Hamilton a break … it’s just beer


BY JON FRANK, Couchsideshow.com contributor

The mainstream media says Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, left, "relapsed" Monday simply for getting drunk at a bar. Photo by SD Dirk / Flickr

So what’s the deal with all the coverage on this Josh Hamilton relapse? Anybody else find it a bit, odd?

So the guy has a drinking problem, “relapses”, whatever that means, and it makes headlines on ESPN and SI.com. Dude has to come out and have a press conference addressing media, explaining that he had “a moment of weakness”.

This is ludicrous.

Does anybody, outside the Texas Rangers clubouse and Hamilton’s family and friends, really care? Nobody even seems to know what happened, other than that he went to a bar for X amount of beers. Must be a slow day in sporting news. I get it. Hamilton’s had issues in the past, he’s about to be a free agent and nobody wants to deal with an alcoholic on their team. But how does a guy struggling to keep his shit together going to a bar, having a few and catching himself wind up on Pardon the Interruption? Mind you, Hamilton didn’t do anything illegal, within the vicinity of illegal, or even immoral. He went out for a beer.

What Hamilton does in Hamilton’s free time is Hamilton’s business. Obviously that’s not the case in today’s 24-hour style coverage. But in cases like this, where nothing of interest really happened, maybe people should just let Hamilton, his family and the Rangers deal with this “issue”.

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