Josh Hamilton pleads misdemeanor in daughter assault case | Radio WGN 720
Former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor in a case stemming from an altercation with his teenage daughter, officials said.
Hamilton, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas, to unlawful restraint as part of a plea deal that dismisses a 2020 felony indictment of injuring a child, the office of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney in social media posts.
State District Judge Mike Thomas sentenced Hamilton to one year of deferred probation, fined him $500 and ordered him to pay court costs, do community service and take parenting and anger management classes. Thomas ordered her to abstain from alcohol, submit to random urine drug tests, and have no contact with the girl he held. If he meets the requirements for probation, the charge will be dismissed.
Hamilton’s attorneys had said the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer was innocent of the injuries sustained by a child.
His 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamilton’s ex-wife, that her father hit her after he became furious over a comment from her.
According to an affidavit from a detective with the Keller Police Department, Hamilton’s daughter told police he went on a rampage on September 30, 2019. She says she made a comment to Hamilton that made him upset, so he threw a full water bottle at her. , punching her in the chest, then insulted her and yelled at her.
He ripped off the chair she was resting her feet on and threw her, shattering the chair, she told detectives. It didn’t hit her, but he grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her from the chair she was sitting on. She fell to the floor, and he picked her up, threw her over his shoulder, and carried her to his room.
The girl said at the time she was telling Hamilton, “I’m sorry.” Upon reaching her bedroom door, he threw the teenager onto her bed, pressed her face against the mattress and began beating her legs with an open hand and a closed fist.
She said that after he finished hitting her, he said he hoped she would tell the judge “what a horrible father I am so that I don’t have to see you anymore and you don’t have to come my house”.
As he left the room, Hamilton’s daughter said he told her to gather her things for school. When she replied that she had already put them in the car, he replied, “Well, aren’t you just the perfect kid.”
The case “has been a nightmare, to say the least,” according to a statement read on the girl’s behalf when Hamilton pleaded.
“My mother taught me to forgive and love well, to set boundaries and to pray for those who hurt us, but it’s not always easy. I hope for the sake of all of us that he gets the help he needs,” she said.
Hamilton also has two other daughters with his ex-wife, Katie Chadwick Hamilton.
After Hamilton was the high school’s first pick in the 1999 Tampa Bay entry draft, his career was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addiction. He returned to baseball with Cincinnati and made his major league debut in 2007 when he hit 19 home runs in 90 games before being traded to the Rangers. He was on their only two World Series teams (2010 and 2011) and was an All-Star for five consecutive seasons.
An impressive display in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008 was a career highlight when the first-ever All-Star led the American League with 130 RBIs while hitting .304 with 32 home runs in his first full season. He hit four home runs in the 2010 AL Championship Series and had a four-home run game in Baltimore in 2012.
Hamilton left the Rangers in free agency, signing a five-year, $125 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels ahead of the 2013 season. He was recovering from shoulder surgery when the Angels sent him back to the Texas in 2015 after his injury-plagued two seasons with Los Angeles. He played 50 games for Texas in 2015, but never again after undergoing surgery at least three times thereafter.
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