Report: Josh Hamilton’s personal issue stems from struggling to quit chewing tobacco

Last weekend Josh Hamilton was in a 1-for-14 slump. Hamilton attempted to explain the slump by revealing that he was dealing with some personal issues and that he’s been “disobedient to God.”

Of course, those remarks added even more fuel to the fire of his woes at the plate and people began to wonder just what was going on with Hamilton. After Thursday’s game he declined to give any information on his issue, but today comes a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman uncovering what Hamilton is dealing with.

According to Heyman, Hamilton is struggling with quitting chewing tobacco, something that he tried to do in June.

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 has said that “people are not going to understand” and most likely they won’t.

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