Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington held a press conference Thursday to reveal the reason he abruptly stepped down from his post on Sept. 5.
Washington told reporters, "I was not true to my wife of 42 years. I broke her trust . . . I made a mistake, I’m embarrassed. More than I’ve ever been in my life."
This was Washington’s first public statement since his resignation earlier in the month, which came as a shock to Rangers fans and the baseball community. The organization had been planning on keeping Washington as the team’s manager for the 2015 season.
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After his resignation, rumors swirled regarding the reason for Washington’s departure. All that the team revealed at the time was that it was an off-field issue and not drug- or substance-related.
Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington with his wife Gerry, left, at Thursday’s press conference in Irving, Texas.