March 17, 2010

Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine in a test during the 2009 season, according to Jon Heyman.

“I did make a mistake and I regret that I did it,” Washington told by phone from Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday night. “I am really embarrassed and I am really sorry.”

What’s interesting about this case, which came later in the article, is that Washington warned commissioner Bud Selig that he might fail the test. When his guess turned true, the team decided not to fire him then.

“It was the right thing to do,” Washington said of his decision to come forward. “I couldn't deal with the result to come back positive and be a shock to those who've shown faith in me.”

He’s right. And it saved him his job.

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