You are so clueless you deserve all the shit you get from this ... and more
Recovering alcoholics/addicts have sponsors. Having someone called your "accountability partner" might just be a fancier way of putting it. But it sounds like a glorified babysitter.
Well of course that's not "all (you're) saying.". You made fun of him for depending on an "accountability partner.". In fact, kicking addictions is incredibly difficult even for very motivated people and yes that needs to be said because you were dismissive of that fact in your earlier posts. Perhaps you have never seen someone try to kick an addiction, even cigarettes. That's how you come across.
Anyway, if I had a company whose performance depended on a particular employee who was paid millions and millions of dollars, and said employee had a severe addiction problem, I would strongly consider utilizing every available resource in order to increase the odds of keeping him clean.
Honestly, I've been around only one person who kicked an addiction. My father was a pack a day smoker for about 30 years and quit cold turkey one day. He eventually passed away from lung cancer. I'm not naive enough to believe it's that simple, he had an incredible amount of will power to do so, and it's not the norm.
If this was the first know incident with Hamilton, I would have been more sympathetic. At this point it's his second relapse that the public has been made aware of, odds are likely that their have been more than what we know about. At a certain point you just have to let him go and ruin his life. Who cares?
I don't feel like it's heartlessness. You can only do so much for somebody who so willfully wants to throw away the opportunities that have been presented to him. Their are millions of people suffering from things that they didn't bring upon themselves. Josh Hamilton inflicted himself with this "disease". I don't feel bad for him. At all.
Edit: And as someone who works in the food industry, and has so for the past few years, I can tell you that if I - or other colleagues - refused to serve 'alcoholics', clinically diagnosed or not, you wouldn't have a job. I think if you're looking for a bartender to refuse service to a known alcoholic, you're shit outta luck.
Edited by Three10toLeft, 03 February 2012 - 04:14 PM.