Josh Hamilton has been indicted and will face trial on felony charges of injuring a child. Specifically, he was arrested last September for beating his 14-year-old daughter, both with open hands and fists. It’s also alleged he said some really ugly things no father should ever say to his daughter. If true, I hope he’s convicted and serves every bit of the 2-10 years the DA is seeking.
The report indicates the daughter said something wrong, something that infuriated Hamilton. A teenager being infuriating to a parent is about as rare as dirt, but decent people remember they were once obnoxious teenagers too and would never raise a hand to injure their offspring. Whatever one may feel about corporal punishment, an adult male punching a teenage girl is far beyond that.
I’ve been accused of being a Hamilton apologist in the past. That is because I decline to condemn an addict for being an addict. They don’t become one on purpose. They don’t know that the wrong thing they do will ensnare them and become uncontrollable when they see others get drunk or high and not get addicted. I also don’t think that someone working hard to stay sober should have their addiction thrown in their face constantly…such as: it’s impossible to find any article about Hamilton that doesn’t mention cocaine and alcohol addiction. That includes the articles about the indictment that I read today even though not one indicated he was drunk or high when he allegedly assaulted his own daughter.
However, while I can be empathetic toward a recovering addict, I have zero use for an abuser. I also feel those who commit nonviolent crimes should generally face punishments other than incarceration and feel the opposite for the violent criminal. If Hamilton is guilty of battering his daughter, then he’s a violent criminal and should be locked up.
End of rant.