Texas Rangers manager (for now) Ron Washington failed a test for cocaine in July of last year, according to a new online report. Washington apparently told the team after the fact that it was, according to the report, “a one-time transgression.” Uh huh.
“I did make a mistake and I regret that I did it,” Washington told SI.com by phone from Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday night. “I am really embarrassed and I am really sorry.”
Washington declined to discuss the specific circumstances surrounding his decision to use cocaine because he didn’t want his family to hear about it in the media. “Any attempt to try to explain it is going to sound like excuses,” he said. “There is no right way to explain something wrong, and I did wrong. Was it tension? Maybe. Anxiety?”
He said he only did it once, and I totally believe him. And I love how he says he won’t make excuses, and then proceeds to make excuses. Washington reportedly notified the commissioner’s office before the results were known that, yeah, he was doing cocaine. Personally, I’m not worried; there are plenty of treatment options for people battling drug addition. Being stuck as manager of the Texas Rangers sounds like an even bigger problem. Hell, I’d be doing worse drugs than that if I had that job.