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Irving, Texas — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington spoke publicly for the first time Thursday since his abrupt resignation Sept. 5, only saying that he had been "untruthful" to his wife of 42 years.

Washington, who did not take questions, said he was at a low point in his life and apologized for breaking the trust of his players, coaches and Major League Baseball. He did not offer any details on the exact nature of how he was untruthful to his wife.

"I was not truthful with my wife after 42 years," Washington said. "I broke that trust. I'm here today to own that. To apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted me and I let them down."

"All I ask is for your forgiveness and that you understand," he said. "And I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal and we're trying hard to put it behind us."

Washington managed the team for the past eight seasons. He's the club's all-time winningest manager and led the Rangers to their only World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Washington's resignation caught his team, coaching staff and the Rangers' management off guard. At the time, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and co-owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis, among the few who actually know the background details that led to Washington's resignation, declined to say much. All three said it was a personal matter that was best explained by Washington.

For almost two weeks, rumors circulated and speculation mounted but Washington made no public comments.

Until Thursday, in a ballroom at the Marriott Hotel in Las Colinas, where he addressed about 50 members of the media from a lectern with his wife, Gerry, sitting just off to his right.

Washington said he looked forward to returning to the game "and continuing my career."

He thanked the Rangers, and Rangers fans.

"The Rangers gave me a home and I'm thankful for that. But I also thank them for the experience, to have the opportunity to manage here in Texas," he said. "I want to give one final thanks to the fans, the Texas Rangers fans. You've been good to me. And I will miss the Metroplex and I will miss you."

Transcript of Ron Washington's comments

"I just wanted to say a couple things. When you respect baseball, baseball respects you.

I made a mistake. And I'm embarrassed more than I've ever been in my life.

I don't run from when I make a mistake. When you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the types of things my wife always says to me.

I was not truthful with my wife after 42 years I broke that trust. I'm here today to own that. To apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted me and I let them down. When I was 22 years old I went to Mexico. A lot of things started making sense to me about the game of baseball. I began to figure it out and I was able to see things that maybe other people weren't able to see. And I remember calling my wife and letting her know that I feel like I've arrived and I had figured this game out. In reality, you don't really figure the game out. But I did tell her to quit her job.

It was a really proud moment for me and it's something I'll always remember and she's always stood by me.

Today, I'm at a very low time in my life. I'm sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and disappointing my players, disappointing my coaches, disappointing Major League baseball and disappointing the Texas Rangers.

All I ask is for your forgiveness and that you understand. And I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal and we're trying hard to put it behind us.

I was born to be a baseball player. I'm a baseball lifer. The Rangers gave me a home and I'm thankful for that. But I also thank them for the experience, to have the opportunity to manage here in Texas. I look to the future and getting back in the game and continuing my career.

I want to give one final thanks to the fans, the Texas Rangers fans. You've been good to me. And I will miss the Metroplex and I will miss you.

That's all I have to say.

Thank you."

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