We’re learning some new information of the circumstances surrounding Josh Hamilton’s visit to MLB headquarters on Wednesday regarding a “disciplinary issue” that was reportedly worse than a possible “PED” violation.
According to CBS Sports Jon Heyman, the circumstances are what we feared most, as he’s hearing that Hamilton willingly confessed to suffering a relapse in his battle with drug addiction.
Forbe’s writer Maury Brown tweeted a similar report just prior to Heyman’s, citing Hamilton’s father-in-law.
All signs are pointing to this being the story, which is obviously an unfortunate turn for a man who has worked hard to get his life back on track.
Hamilton was previously suspended from 2003-2005, but recovered from his drug and alcohol addiction to win the American League MVP award in 2010, play in two World Series for the Texas Rangers, and most recently sign a $125 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels as a free agent. As a part of that contract, Hamilton was required to take three drug tests a week, so it’s interesting to note that Heyman hasn’t heard of a failed test.
Heyman also believes Hamilton would be considered a first time offender, presumably because his past suspension occurred before he was on the major league roster. As such, Hamilton would not be subject to a suspension as long he complies with the league’s program. He could still face a 15 to 25 game ban however if he doesn’t comply, but his coming forward suggests he’s trying to do that right thing by himself and by the league’s standards.
It should be made clear that all of the details surrounding Hamilton’s status are not set in stone. We’ve yet to hear anything official from the league, the Angels or anyone from Hamilton’s camp. These are just dots being connected based on information from sources close to the situation. But regardless of the details, here’s hoping the next step Hamilton takes brings him one step closer to being happy and healthy.
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