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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Butler Blames Smoke

LOS ANGELES () -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Brett Butler, who was diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils this week, said it was unlikely the condition was caused by chewing tobacco, a habit popular among baseball players.

"The last time I did that was 15 years ago, so to say that was the reason I got this, I think, is reaching for something that isn't there," Butler told the Los Angeles TV station KNBC from his Atlanta hospital room Wednesday.

More likely, he said, was that he contracted cancer from secondary smoke. "Both my mother and father were big smokers. We've heard that secondary smoke can cause that," he said.