On Wednesday, former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was arrested on allegations of causing injury to one of his daughters. Specifically, the felony charge comes after claims that he hit one of his daughters and then threw a chair at her last month.
Hamilton, 38, played with the Rangers from 2008 to 2012 and in 2015. He was admitted to the team’s Hall of Fame earlier this year. Yet, for the five-time All-Star and 2010 American League MVP, Hamilton’s career has taken a darker turn towards alcohol and drug addiction, and most of all legal problems.
He was suspended for all or part of several minor-league seasons as he dealt with his substance abuse, after being the first overall draft pick in 1999. He reached the major leagues in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds, who traded him to the Rangers after that season. The Rangers released Hamilton from his contract in 2017.
According to CBSDFW.com, which broke the story and viewed the arrest-warrant affidavit, the Keller police began investigating Hamilton after one of his three daughters along with his ex-wife, Katie Hamilton, told her mother about an incident that allegedly occurred on the morning of September 30.
His daughter told authorities that Hamilton became upset about something and she said he threw a full water bottle at her, hitting her in the chest, while cursing and yelling. He then pulled a chair out from under her feet and tossed it at her before yanking her to the ground, the affidavit stated.
The document then goes on to add that Hamilton soon picked up his daughter, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her bedroom as she yelled apologetically. She added that Hamilton then threw her on her bed, used one hand to pin down her head, and then started hitting her legs with his other hand. He later then picked her up by her sweatshirt, causing it to rip, she said, and hit her on her back.
The affidavit states that after Hamilton stopped hitting her, he told her that “[he] hopes she go[es] in front of the [expletive] Judge and tell[s] him what a terrible dad [he is] so [he] [doesn’t] have to see [her] anymore.”
Court records show that Hamilton’s ex-wife, Katie, had previously sought a protective order on behalf of his daughter, just earlier this month. Documents also indicate that Katie had also been granted two protective orders back in 2005 when the couple lived in North Carolina, and one during their divorce in 2015.
One of his daughter’s filed an affidavit back in November 2017 that Hamilton once taped wooden sticks from a hardware store together and beat one of the girls with them, also using a “wooden rod with metal balls attached to it to mete out discipline.”
Hamilton was booked on a third-degree felony count in Tarrant County and immediately posted a $35,000 bond. On Wednesday, Hamilton surrendered himself to authorities, but claims he is innocent and “looks forward to clearing his name in court.”
Under the Texas Penal Code, a third-degree felony is punishable by two to ten years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
“The Texas Rangers take the issue of family violence very seriously. We are aware of the situation involving Josh Hamilton. Since this is an ongoing legal matter, we have no further comment,” a team spokesman said.
Hamilton’s children are not in the custody of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), though the DFPS did confirm they are involved in the investigation. CPS said specific details of cases are confidential and that in every case they work closely with law enforcement to investigate and share information.