*Ron Washington suddenly resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 5, citing personal reasons.
On Thursday, he held a press conference to admit that he cheated on his wife, and apparently left it up to the press to put two and two together.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his Sept. 5 resignation, Washington said he “was not true” to his wife…as his wife, Gerry Washington, stood nearby.
“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Washington said. “I don’t run when I make a mistake, but when you put yourself in a situation, you own it. Those are the types of things my wife always says to me. I was not true to my wife. After 42 years, I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake, to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me, and who I let down.”
Washington spoke briefly, and took no questions from the assembled media, at a hotel conference room near Dallas.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Washington “apparently has retained two communications firms that deal in crisis management to assist him.” Considering that Washington already has left the Rangers, the “crisis” might have to do with the circumstances under which Washington was “not true” to his wife, and how it affected his job as manager. But he was vague about that during his brief talk.
“I’m at a very low time in my life,” Washington said. “I am sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife, and for disappointing my players, my coaches, for disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers.
“All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding. I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal and we are trying hard to put it behind us. I was born to be a baseball player, I am a baseball lifer. The Rangers gave me a home and I am thankful for that. And [I’m] also thankful for the experience to have the opportunity to manage here in Texas. I look to the future and getting back in the game and continuing my career. I want to give a final thanks to the fans, the Texas Ranger fans. You’ve been good to me. I will miss the Metroplex, and I will miss you.”
In 2010, Washington acknowledged past drug use, saying he regretted trying cocaine in 2009. Some speculated that drugs were a reason for him quitting, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he knew that wasn’t the case.
Tim Bogar, a coach under Washington, has taken over the Rangers as manager.