Washington Issues Statement on Cocaine Use

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    On Wednesday, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted he used cocaine during the 2009 season.  Below is his official statement released by the baseball club Wednesday afternoon.

    I am here today to apologize for a huge mistake I made during the first half of the season in 2009.

    I am not here to make excuses. There are none.

    I am not here to ask for sympathy.  That would be asking too much.

    I fully understand that I disappointed a lot of people----my family, my players, coaches, as well as the team’s leadership, especially Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels, as well as young people who may have looked up to me.  
    I am truly sorry for my careless, dangerous, and frankly, stupid, behavior last year. 

    Clearly, you have never seen me speak from a script before.  But this is a time that I need to get the words exactly right.

    Here’s the biggest question: how and why did this happen?

    That’s a question I have had to face in numerous sessions with counselors.  I’ve learned a lot about myself personally, and I recognize that this episode was an attempt to dodge personal anxieties and personal issues I needed to confront. 

    That was the wrong way to do it.  It was self-serving, and believe me, not worth it.  I know you will ask, and so here’s the answer:  this was the one and only time I used this drug. 

    I made a huge mistake, and it almost caused me to lose everything I have worked for all of my life. 

    Shortly after I did this, MLB notified me that I would have a routine drug test.  Before even taking the test, I notified the league about the drug use.  Right after that test, I told Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan about my shameful behavior.  I offered them my resignation.

    They asked a lot of difficult questions.  Remarkably, these two men, after a lot of thought and prayer, allowed me to stay here through last season.

    However, they also directed me to immediately begin MLB’s drug treatment program, which is a thorough and exhaustive process, and it includes the administration of drug tests at least three times a week. 

    I am proud to report to you that I have completed that program.

    I am not proud to admit this terrible error.

    This morning, I talked to our players.  I assured them that this will never happen again, and I asked them to forgive me.  In the true spirit of a “team,” they seemed to embrace me not only as a manager but as a human being. 

    I won’t let you down again.   Please know that I will personally take on the challenge of telling young people my story and my mistake.  I don’t know what form that will take, but I am committed to do that.

    I am hopeful that our fans, both Rangers fans and Major League Baseball fans, will accept this heartfelt and humble attempt to say:  I’m so sorry for what I did.