Rangers Say No Blackmail of Washington

Ron Washington and the Texas Rangers knew his positive cocaine use wouldn't stay a secret according to the Star-Telegram's Randy Galloway.

Galloway reported Wednesday that Washington and the Rangers were the target of a blackmailer -- more specifically a former team employee -- who threatened to reveal all the details of the drug use long before the story came to light.

Now the Rangers say it's not true. Speaking on NBCDFW Sports Director Newy Scruggs radio show on 105.3 The Fan Thursday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels denied anyone past or present in the organization tried to blackmail Washington or the ball club.

According to Galloway the former employee had all the details and "was making strong demands" on the club. Now whether the alleged blackmailer is the person who tipped off the national baseball writer who called Washington this week to say he had the goods is unknown.

Galloway reported some of the demands were met, but the "glowing letter of recommendation" was refused along with at least one other request not revealed by Galloway.

Washington came clean on the cocaine use Wednesday and has already completed a baseball-mandated drug-counseling program.

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