In response to today’s ruling that Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for his drug relapse, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto issued the following statement:
The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family.
Within the context of Hamilton being someone who has struggled with drug addiction for a significant portion of his life Dipoto’s “serious concerns” and “disappointed” comments come across with a tinge of anger and seem awfully callous.
Reading between the lines, it sure seems like the Angels are upset about still being on the hook for the $83 million remaining on Hamilton’s contract and, if nothing else, it’s certainly the opposite of welcoming him back to the team with open arms. This situation may get even uglier.