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.
"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."