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Ron Washington: I broke my wife's trust

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IRVING, Texas (AP) Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday that he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife of 42 years, offering some insight but few details for his sudden resignation two weeks ago.

"I made a mistake and I'm embarrassed more than I've ever been in my life," Washington said. "I was not true to my wife, after 42 years. I broke our trust. I'm here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down."

Washington never said what that mistake was during his 3 1/2-minute statement, his first public comments since he resigned Sept. 5. Washington's wife, Gerry, and an attorney sat in chairs to the side of the podium in the hotel meeting room more than 15 miles from the Rangers' ballpark. They left without taking questions, with Washington putting his right hand on her right shoulder as they departed through a back door.

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