Troubled Player Arrested For Horrible Wreck

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Troubled Player Arrested For Horrible Wreck, When I talked to Matt Bush in late February, only a few weeks had passed since Josh Hamilton addressed his own relapse with alcohol. Bush, a former No. 1 overall pick whose self-destructive behavior fueled by alcoholism, anger and failure to produce nearly had pushed him out of baseball, gained hope from Hamilton.

Bush said he prays to God to help him stay sober, but also said Hamilton’s plight reminded him to turn to those around him for help when he felt tempted to drink.

“I can’t ever go out and [say] ‘Oh, maybe I’ll have a drink here – nobody’s going to notice,’ ” Bush said. “You’ve got to be on your toes. It’s a battle every single day.

“Like Josh has said, you have people to talk to. You need to let people know about things because I know, with this disease, it’s not very good when you keep it all to yourself. If you don’t tell people, then you might feel you can get away with [drinking]. The next thing you know, you’re having a catastrophe.”

Such a catastrophe happened Thursday night when Bush was arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Bush was driving an SUV that allegedly struck a motorcycle driven by a 72-year-old man near Tampa Bay’s spring training home in Port Charlotte, Fla. Bush reportedly fled the site of the crash that left Anthony Tufano in serious condition. Bush’s blood alcohol level was measured at .180, more than twice the legal limit. Here’s his mug shot.

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