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August 3, 2012

Rangers' Josh Hamilton opens up on 'mystery issue'

The Texas Rangers slugger, coming off a four-RBI night Thursday, addresses some of the speculation over his "being disobedient" comment and addresses his struggle to quit chewing tobacco.

Josh Hamilton has spoken up about the issue that he alluded to last week, issuing the following statement:

"Due to the speculation that occurred from my recent comments, I felt it was important to clarify what the "issue" was to which I was referring- both personally and professionally. The issue is 'discipline.' Professionally, it's been plate discipline. Personally, it's been being obedient to the Lord in quitting chewing tobacco. I was hesitant to address the tobacco once again, because it's an area that I've struggled with trying to quit in the past. I wanted to have some time of success 'under my belt' before addressing again publicly, but feel I haven't been given that option with all of the speculating out there as to what the 'mystery issue' was. But there you have it- Discipline. Hebrews 12:4-5 and John 3:30."

Hamilton said he is not chewing tobacco currently, and quit for the majority of the spring training before starting back up just before the regular season began. Hamilton took his first dip when he was 20-years-old, and it's been an on-going addiction his entire career.

"Tobacco is another addictive substance, it's a crutch," Hamilton said. "It's a way to mask feelings. I don't want to use anything or do anything that is going to mask feelings."

-- Drew Davison

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