Found August 03, 2012 on NESN.com:
PLAYERS: Josh Hamilton
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
Josh Hamilton has been struggling at the plate recently, and after some strange comments he made regarding personal issues, speculation ran rampant about the cause of his struggles. On Friday, Hamilton addressed those issues head-on in a statement to try to clear the air. "I felt it was important to clarify what the 'issue' was to which I was referring -- both personally and professionally," Hamilton said. "The issue is 'discipline.' Professionally, it's been plate discipline. Personally, it's been being obedient to the Lord in quitting chewing tobacco." Hamilton, who has had well-documented struggles with addiction, said he was hesitant...
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