Former Rangers MVP Outfielder Josh Hamilton Charged With Felony Child Abuse
Josh Hamilton was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame on September 29th of this year, and the very next night he (allegedly) beat the hell out of one of his daughters.
Thirty-eight-year-old Hamilton turned himself in today, charged with a single count of injury to a child aged fourteen or younger. He was later released after posting a $35,000 bond.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, one of Hamilton’s daughters told her mother (Josh’s ex-wife), about an incident on the morning of September 30th. Hamilton was upset by something his daughter said and then threw a full water bottle at her – which hit her in the chest. He proceeded to yell and swear at her, pulled a chair out from under her and threw it at her, before tossing her to the ground. He then picked her up, carried her to her bedroom while she was trying to say she was sorry, and began to hit her legs as he held her down. THEN he picked her up by her sweatshirt, causing it to rip, and then hit her in the back.
Also according to the affidavit, he told her “I hope you go in front of the ******* judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don’t have to see you anymore.”
Hamilton was at one time the darling of MLB, having won over fans everywhere after the 2008 Home Run Derby. He set the record for home runs in a single round, when he launched an incredible 28 moonshots in the first round, but ultimately lost to Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins in the final round. He was with Texas from 2008 – 2012, getting an All Star selection in each of those years and earning the MVP award in 2010. Also in 2010, he lead the league with a batting average of .359. He signed as a free agent with the Angels before the 2013 season with a five-year, $125 million contract, but he was traded back to the Rangers in 2015 and the Angels still had to pay $72 million of the contract over three more seasons.
The last few years of his carer saw multiple injuries and surgeries. He last played in 2015, missing all of 2016 due to a knee injury, and the Rangers signed him to a minor league deal in the winter of 2017. In February of 2017, he underwent surgery on the knee to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, but then he suffered a right knee injury while in rehabilitation for the left knee surgery and the Rangers officially released him in April of 2017.
Aside from the injuries, what most people will remember about Hamilton’s career is that it was marred with substance abuse issues. He was the number one draft pick with the Rays in 1999, and in 2001 he saw his first trip to rehab for drugs and alcohol. At the end of 2002, the Rays sent him back to rehab. During Spring Training in 2003, he failed a drug test and basically spent 2004-2007 in and out of rehab and getting suspended for drug violations season after season. He publicly relapsed in 2009, 2012, and 2105. His wife divorced him shortly after his 2015 relapse.
It’s unclear at this time whether or not Hamilton was under the influence during the incident with his daughter. Hopefully they all get the help they so desperately need.