A Recent History of Epic Athlete Benders

Josh Hamilton

Outfielder, Texas Rangers
Date:
January 2009

Attention recovering alcoholic/drug addicts: don’t rent condos near Arizona State University. Josh Hamilton went from a cautionary tale to baseball’s feel-good, bounce-back story. But nothing challenges four years of sobriety quite like coeds and campus life. That's one thing even a Home Run Derby Champion is not strong enough to fight.

After befriending the bar manager at a watering hole near ASU, Hamilton caved into having a drink, which turned into ordering more drinks and, ultimately, doing body shots off of the wait staff. It's a natural progression. According to a witness, a blacked-out Hamilton asked the manager where he could "buy blow" and, later, drove to a strip club in Phoenix with a stranger.

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