Ron Washington resigned abruptly as Rangers manager on Sept. 5, with GM Jon Daniels offering only that it was "not drug-related." At a press conference today, Washington offered the tiniest sliver of explanation—and a big red flag that something worse is hanging over his head.

"I made a mistake, and I'm embarrassed more than I've ever been in my life," said Washington, who was accompanied by his wife Geraldine.

"When you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the type of things my wife always says to me, I was not true to my wife after 42 years, I broke that trust.

"I'm here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed and those who trusted in me, and I let them down."

Washington, who has reportedly retained the services of crisis-management firms, did not take questions. He did not address the rumor of potential legal issues that one can safely assume led him to issue today's statement in the first place.