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Hamilton's personal issue is chewing tobacco; team isn't too concerned about it

Rangers superstar Josh Hamilton's personal issue that he referred to in a recent interview has come to light, and word is it regards his recent inability to kick the chewing tobacco habit. Hamilton spoke recently about his disappointment in himself about an undisclosed personal matter, and sources say the tobacco is what he was talking about -- and possibly a little bit about his disappointment in not being as disciplined at the plate in recent weeks, too.

Hamilton, in conjunction with the team, is expected to clear this up Friday afternoon, as speculation about much more serious matters had grown rampant since Hamilton lamented a personal issue a few days ago in a local newspaper interview.

Hamilton, who is batting .283 with 29 home runs and 84 RBIs, has slumped since trying to quit chewing tobacco. He has tried several times, according to people close to him.

"There's disobedience and there's obedience to God. I've been being disobedient," Hamilton said a few days ago in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It may be a small thing to you, but it's a big thing to Him. There's consequences."

While Hamilton sounded disappointed in himself, the team to no one's surprise doesn't consider this tobacco issue a major concern. Hamilton has built his superb career in Texas after a long history of drug abuse and previous ban from the game, and the tobacco issue isn't something that will impact contract negotiations for the star who is about to become a free agent.

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