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Baseball Star Josh Hamilton Admits Relapse Into Drinking

Former MVP says he had a 'weak night'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Baseball Star Josh Hamilton Admits Relapse Into Drinking
Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton speaks during a news conference at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Friday.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton had to step before the cameras today and admit he had a "weak night" this week when we went to a bar and had "three or four" drinks, reports the Dallas Morning News. A pro athlete tipping back a few wouldn't normally be news, but Hamilton has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse—he missed the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons before making a comeback that earned him MVP honors in 2010.

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"I feel terrible about this because I feel like I let a lot of people down," said Hamilton, who promised to work harder at his recovery and asked for prayers for him and his family. "There's nobody that feels worse than I do." (Read more Josh Hamilton stories.)

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