Texas Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton had his first interview after his relapse from sobriety, and it came on Wednesday's edition of The Glenn Beck Program. Before you all start freaking out, take a deep breath... Beck didn't conduct the interview. It was done by Dr. James Robison.
Hamilton sounds apologetic in the interview, and maybe even a little embarrassed about his relapse. Hamilton called the relapse a serious issue, and that him and his family are doing everything in their power to make sure it doesn't happen again instead of just brushing it off.
In the interview, Hamilton also mentioned that he and his family are looking at possible triggers for the relapse, including his life on the home front and childhood memories.
“It’s going to be a process. I’m not fixed. I’m doing things right a day at a time. I want people to know that I love them and to keep praying for me.”
You could make the argument that the interview could have been a lot harder, considering that Robison is Hamilton's pastor. Hamilton's faith has been a big part of his life since getting clean, and Robison has helped Hamilton greatly since his relapse.
Hamilton also talked about him getting an accountability partner, a role that had been vacant this offseason after Johnny Narron had taken the job as Milwaukee's hitting coach this offseason.
“I do have an accountability partner. I was watching a special on Billy Graham and he always had at least one person with him, most times it was four or five. They’re not babysitters. They’re somebody that love you, want the best for you and want to see you succeed and put you in the best position to do that.”
Hamilton's new accountability partner is Shayne Kelly, who was previously the chaplain of the Royals.
“I’m not afraid of my mistakes. I do feel shame about my mistakes but I can get past that. But at the same time I learn from my mistakes. I’m learning from my mistakes.”
Personally, I felt the interview was a little religion-heavy, but what do you really expect from a pastor interviewing a born-again Christian on Glenn Beck? But at any rate, this is something that is beyond baseball, and beyond religion for that matter. This is really just about a guy whose demons keep returning, and needs to worry about getting himself right, be it through baseball, faith, or whatever else it may take.
[Video source: Glenn Beck Show]