Former Baseball MVP Charged With Attacking His Minor Daughter
Fort Worth, TX – American League 2010 MVP Josh Hamilton was arrested on Wednesday after one of his daughters accused him of assaulting her.
Hamilton, who played nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) and was recent installed in the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame, stands accused of hitting one of his daughters multiple time during an altercation in September, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The arrest warrant said that the former Texas Rangers’ outfielder’s daughter told police her father threw a full water bottle that hit her in the chest when they were arguing, KTVT reported.
Then Hamilton cursed and yelled at his daughter.
The affidavit said the former ball player pulled a chair out from his daughter’s feet and hit her with it, before pulling her to the ground, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The fall caused her to injure her hip.
At that point, Hamilton picked her up, put her over his shoulder, and carried her to her bedroom, KTVT reported.
The affidavit said Hamilton’s daughter was yelling “I’m sorry,” but that her father still carried her to her room and threw her on the bed face-first.
Then he pinned her head down with his hand and started hitting the back of her legs with an open hand and closed fist, according to the arrest warrant.
Next, Hamilton then picked his daughter up by her sweatshirt – causing it to rip – before he pushed her back on the bed and continued hitting her with an open hand on the back of her legs, KTVT reported.
The daughter had numerous scratches on the backs of her legs that she attributed to her father’s fingernails.
The arrest warrant said that after he finished hitting her, the girl claimed Hamilton said nasty things to her, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“I hope you go in front of the f--king judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don’t have to see you anymore and you don’t ever have to come to my house again,” Hamilton said, according to the affidavit.
He was charged with one count of injury to a child 14 or younger, a third-degree felony, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The five-time MLB All-Star turned himself in to Tarrant County authorities.
He was able to bond out for $35,000 under the condition that he not have contact with one of his daughters, according to KTVT.
The bond condition was later expanded to prohibit Hamilton from having contact with any child under the age of 17.
Family court records showed that Hamilton’s ex-wife, Katie Hamilton, recently sought a restraining order against her ex-husband on behalf of the same daughter with whom he had the altercation, the Dallas Morning News.
Hamilton’s attorney released a statement professing his client’s innocence after he was released.
“Josh Hamilton voluntarily surrendered himself to Tarrant County authorities today. Mr. Hamilton is innocent of the charge against him and looks forward to clearing his name in court,” the statement read.
When he was inducted in the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame in August, Hamilton told reporters that he missed playing baseball but that he needed to focus on his daughters, the Dallas Morning News reported.
"But when I look at them, I just remember why I stopped. I stopped to be a dad. My girls need me to be a dad more than I need baseball,” Hamilton said, pointing to his daughters who were in attendance.
The Rangers’ organization said they were aware of the allegations and Hamilton’s arrest.
“The Texas Rangers take the issue of family violence very seriously," the statement said. "Since this is an ongoing legal matter, we have no further comment.”
Hamilton's entire MLB career was marred by stints in and out of rehab for alcohol and drug abuse, according to the Dallas Morning News.