I personally know 8 people who were there and I have talked to 6 eyewitnesses in depth of the events of that evening.
I’ve heard various different versions of the story some that match up, the one conflicting report I’ve heard is whether or not he was drinking. Some have said that he was drinking, some have said that their were “4 domestic beers” on the tab that can’t be attributed to any of the allegedly 3 people that were there. I’ve also had 2 different people, including one who was not drinking and sober that night indicate that Josh only drank orange juice.
Still, if he remained sober and didn’t drink, he shouldn’t be putting himself in such a risky situation with so much to jeopardize, for instance the large multi-year contract extension Hamilton and the Rangers were hoping to work out before spring training. It seems confirmed that regardless of whether he drank or not, Josh did not drive.
Allegedly some kind of picture was taken that would compromise Josh Hamilton in some nature, and the owner of this photo allegedly tried to blackmail the Rangers or Josh Hamilton.
All the questions about whether Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton came together or not seemed to be answered. I was told that Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler were having dinner at a different establishment and were being “hounded” and then elected to leave and go to Sherlock’s to continue having an evening together in a more private setting, removed from fans.
Josh while there supposedly also acknowledged to his waitress that he was an alcoholic and recovering drug addict. This is in sharp contrast to those who say Josh had a moment of weakness and called Ian Kinsler to reach out to him, who then came to try and remove Hamilton from the situation and “save him from himself.”
Another incident occurred that all parties I’ve talked to confirm with almost identical stories, and this is probably more the focus of the story as details continue to come out.
The second incident in question is that Josh Hamilton went to a bathroom with a woman for 8-10 minutes while an off-duty manager blocked people from coming in. I was told by everyone I talked to that this happened, and that it was consensual. He then supposedly ran out of the bathroom, onto the patio and hurdled the fence. When he hurdled the fence multiple witnesses told me that he hit his knee on the iron fence surrounding the patio area. No one specified which knee it was. He then got in an SUV and left.
If Josh Hamilton did not drink, and this second incident becomes the focus of the story, this will be damaging to his reputation and image but might not be quite the worrisome situation that drinking would be. It definitely would be less damaging to his career as a Major League Baseball player and his new contract on the horizon.