Ron Washington stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers earlier this month, citing an “off-the-field personal matter” as the reason for his resignation. On Thursday, Washington revealed to the media that he cheated on his wife.
“I was not true to my wife, after 42 years,” Washington said, via Hardball Talk. “I made a mistake, and I’m embarrassed — more than I’ve ever been in my life. When you put yourself in situations, you own it.”
Washington went on to apologize to his wife, his players, his coaches, Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers and anyone else he has “disappointed.”
“All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding,” he added. “We’re trying to put it behind us. Today I’m at a very low time in my life.”
A previous report claimed Washington was leaving the Rangers because he was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. While he did not address any legal matters or answer questions on Thursday, it’s possible that alleged investigation is related to his infidelity.
Washington also tested positive for cocaine in 2009. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced that Washington’s resignation had nothing to do with drugs the day the 62-year-old stepped down.