Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is currently down in the dumps as he has experienced a relapse involving alcohol and cocaine, but Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson expressed his support for him.
“If Josh was hitting .300 with 35 home runs a year, what’s the situation? Obviously, that’s the player they want. That’s the player they paid for,” Wilson said to the Orange County Register.
Wilson stated that he believes Hamilton’s off-field struggles would not be a problem if not for his on-field struggles.
However, he also went on to point out that Hamilton is not the only player who has experienced struggles, and he commended Hamilton for admitting his addiction.
“Let’s face it: Josh is not the only person in professional sports that has had an addiction issue. He’s just the most open about it,” Wilson said.
Hamilton had reported his relapse to the league on his own terms.
Wilson himself has also struggled at times since signing a five-year, $77.5 million contract. Although his first two seasons with the Angels were solid, Wilson notched a 4.51 ERA in 2014 despite winning 13 games.
Hamilton has also been overpaid by the Angels as he made $125 million over five years in his contract, and he has only hit 31 home runs in two seasons with the Angels after hitting 43 in his final season with the Texas Rangers.
He also won an MVP award in 2010 while hitting .304 in his time with the Rangers.