Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season, Jon Heyman is reporting. Washington, 57, has been subject to increased drug testing since his failed test, which was administered by Major League Baseball last July, and he has passed all of his subsequent tests. In deciding to support Washington and retain him as manager, the Rangers accepted his apology as heartfelt and also his explanation that this was a one-time transgression.
"I did make a mistake and I regret that I did it. I am really embarrassed and I am really sorry," Washington said. "I don't want this to be held over my head for the rest of my life and have this be the one thing that's associated with my name,'' he said. "I made a terrible mistake and all I can do is pray that I am forgiven for it and don't have to carry it for the rest of my life.''
Tell us what you think: Should the Rangers have fired Washington immediately? Should they fire him now? Should MLB be testing players, as well as coaches and managers, for recreational drugs? Can the Rangers players, specifically ex-drug addict Josh Hamilton, trust and respect Washington’s leadership and decision-making now?
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