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josh-hamilton-rangers-texas.JPGJosh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers slugger who overcame drug and alcohol addiction to rise to MLB stardom, is the subject of another Deadspin-fueled controversy.

The center fielder is featured in 12 photos published on the blog showing him carousing with a group of women in an Arizona bar earlier this year. The accompanying narrative claims the married Hamilton, who famously credits his religious devotion as a major factor in his recovery, was drunk and asked the bartender where he could find cocaine.

From Deadspin:

"The person who took these photos arrived around 9. By then Hamilton was pretty wrecked. He was friendly, though and, obviously, having a really good time. He didn't even mind that photos were be taken of him as he did body shot after body shot off of some of the off-work waitstaff. He joked with Hamilton that he was going to send these photos to ESPN. "I'll kill you," Hamilton said, half-joking."

Hamilton has admitted he lapsed in his sobriety the night the photos were taken.

Dallas Morning News blogger Jeff Wilson is reporting that Hamilton called his wife, the MLB and the Rangers the day after the incident and told them what had happened.

"I realized that, obviously, I'm not perfect, in this on-going struggle, battle, that is very real," Hamilton told reporters at a press conference today. "A lot of people don't understand how real it is."

He went on to say, "I went to get something to eat. Obviously, I eat at restaurants that have bars in them all the time. I wasn't mentally fit to go in there, spiritually fit, and it just crossed my mind, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously, I can't."

"I don't feel like I'm a hypocrite. I feel like I'm human," he said. "I got away from the one thing that keeps me straightened out and going in the right direction."

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Hamilton has admitted it was him in the photos, and he was drunk. Not really a surprise for a recovering drug addict. He had a moment of weakness, and someone was there to catch it. I give him credit for admitting it was him and owning up to it.

I always thought this guy sounded fake...a little too holy. Maybe people should keep their religion to themselves and stop preaching to everybody else. Just go play baseballand SHUT UP!

I think Josh Hamilton is a stand up guy. He faced the truth and did not make any excuses. In an age of A-Fraud and other athletes who make excuses, Josh Hamilton is represenative of a person who knows his place. Josh speaks to the truth of Jesus Christ and it is refreshing to see a man who acknowledges his sin and asks for forgiveness. None of us should judge this man as we all fall short in some manner or another. WE will pray for you Josh.

A belief in a god does not automatically save and/or protect someone from making mistakes. The man is strong...considering where he came from and where he is today. His conduct was straightup as far as I am concerned. Considering most of us don't have camera crews and hangers-on following us around and recording our every move/mistake it is easy for us to hide from the world and judge from a distance.

Don't confuse his physical stature with him being strong as a human being. Sometimes the 2 don't go together. Some people get it together faster and some slower. I hope he gets it all together sooner.

Don't hate the man for being human.

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