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Report: Ron Washington was being blackmailed

Mar 18, 2010, 7:18 AM EDT

Ron Washington dugout.jpgRandy Galloway of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram drops a bomb in last night’s column: Ron Washington and the Rangers were being blackmailed over his positive cocaine test.

Galloway reports that numerous team sources have confirmed that the blackmailer — a team employee who was fired in the offseason — was making
“strong demands.” The obvious upshot: if the demands were not met, Washington’s cocaine story makes national news. Some
of the demands were met, Galloway reports, but the club balked at personally giving the
former employee a recommendation letter and one
other request, which Galloway either doesn’t know about or simply won’t say. Galloway says that by January “the former employee was
bad-mouthing Washington around north Arlington.”

Galloway says “[b]lackmailer was
real unhappy,” and that all was still quiet until this week when Washington received a
call “from a national baseball writer saying he had the Ron-does-dope
details.”  That national baseball writer would be Jon Heyman, the man who broke the story, wouldn’t it?  I trust he didn’t know that his tipster — if that is indeed where he got the story — was a blackmailer as opposed to any other team-connected source.

There’s also no word here that the police were ever involved, but if what Galloway is saying is true,  the Rangers should have alerted them.

  1. bob - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    one thing is clear in all of this. negroid does not know what he is talking about!!!!!! what a pityb

  2. unimpressed - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I think the basic issue with negroids comments are that they are based on his assumption that just because the article is about the blackmailer and his activities that it condones the coach’s actions. His assumption is incorrect as anyone who read the article can plainly see that there is no excusing of the coach’s failing the drug test and there has already been an article written exposing the coach’s failure. Where exactly did it say the coach was not guilty or at fault?
    You know what they say about making assumptions, they make an a$$ out of you and you.
    And being a probation officer does not qualify you as law enforcement. It’s scary to think that negroid can influence who gets to remain among us and who should go back to prison.

  3. airedale - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Why on earth is the Ranger’s Organization cowering to an alleged blackmailer just to save Washington’s bacon?
    Something really stinks here, and eventually we will find out. The idea of a Major league Organization being blackmailed because of transgressions by their Manager is insane. Managers in ML Baseball are considered chattel at best. A commodity to be used and discarded, so…..
    Either Ron Washington has photos of the owners being inappropriate with little furry animals, or this story runs much much deeper.

  4. Commander - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    No one knows for sure if it was cocaine or not and just because the media is reporting it does not make it true.

  5. john galt - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    First thing, don’t do drugs.
    Second thing, why isn’t management held to the same standards as the players?

  6. Scott in Bwk - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Hey Roid, you really are a dumba$$!
    Saying that you, as a “probation officer” are considered “law enforcement”, is like saying that the “team water boy” is considered “a football player”.
    All you are is a glorified baby sitter who watches over people who have actually gone through the system and now must be baby-sat to ensure that they don’t wander too far from home.
    Positive drug test, handled by management and kept quiet because of rules and laws governing his contract and agreements with MLB. Maybe real law enforcement is already investigating and were caught off-guard by the black-mailer calling a reporter and basically outing the Manager of the team he used to work for. Maybe real law enforcement asked MLB and the Rangers to not reveal the name of the black-mailer for fear that he would flee or tip him off that the real cops were coming after him.
    Basically, you’re a dumba$$ that speaks before he thinks. I actually feel sorry for your probationers if you treat them with the same anger and stupidity in your rants on this post. Not all persons on probation are bad, just as not all real cops are good.
    Please, just go back to your desk and wait for the cute girl to call in and tell you she finally found a job and can start paying her fine. Sounds like real law enforcement, doesn’t it. Idiot!!

  7. yosemite - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Sounds like a very frustrated probation officer at that. Ron turned himself in and accepted responsibility “no excuses”. He successfully completed the program with three test per week.
    Hasn’t he paid for the crime. When someone gets off of probation, do you tell them they still owe you?
    Ron paid his debt, now let the blackmailer pay his.

  8. Scott in Bwk - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Roid, you are a complete idiot!
    Claiming that being a “probation office” is considered being in “law enforcement” is like claiming that being the “team water boy” is the same as being “a football player”.
    All you are is a glorified baby sitter. Please sit back at your desk and answer the phone when it rings. Or go drive by someones house to make sure they are home. Or go by their work place to make sure they still have a job. But wait, why waste gas, use the phone and you can just sit there and post really stupid rants.

  9. RoyceTheBaseballHack - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    First off, the issue of Washington’s cocaine use is strictly an Employee-Employer concern. Not sure, exactly, how my employer would react if I approached them with similar circumstances, but offhand, I think they’d react much like The Rangers Organization did.
    What kills me about this whole episode is the comment from Galloway’s column stating that, “… by January “the former employee was bad-mouthing Washington around north Arlington.”…”
    OK, let me share that North Arlington is the Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, a few dozen restaurants, a Whole Foods Market, A Best Buy and a BMW/Mini/Cadillac Dealer. The only bookstore around here got closed last month. So, what I’m struggling with is, who, exactly, this alleged conspirator is, ‘bad-mouthing’ Ron Washington around, and what kind of influence they’re diabolical plan would leverage from the the Porter at Moritz Cadillac, or the Hostess at Olive Garden? I have the mental image of this loser standing there bashing RW to the guy slicing up brisket at Dickey’s BBQ, and the slicer saying, “Wow..really? Ron Washington…?? you want sauce on that?”

  10. Harry Ball - Mar 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Oh it’s no big deal. I take a toot every now and then. It’s not like he’s out there blowing people for it.

  11. steve - Mar 19, 2010 at 4:31 AM

    This is fundamentally an issue of integrity. As advanced to the readers, Ron W used cocaine, a felony, and only revealed it when he was outed by a companion employee who was coercing the organization for personal gain (blackmail..aka, in legal circles, extortion). Two felonies. The felony committed by the manager seems–in most writers opinions–to be less serious than the felony committed by the minion working under him. It all stinks, and the ownership, who should have fired everyone, is basically colluding with one felon and being manipulated by their second felon.
    What I really don’t hear from any writers is recriminations about how we Americans have become a nation of traffickers and users, and that somehow seems ok to everyone…except, I’m sure,when someone peddles to your children. How about someone out there saying its all wrong….

  12. grayboy - Mar 19, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    agree with roid….
    and probation is law enforcement….in California they are sworn peace officers, carry firearms, have arrest authority, must meet all peace officer requirements, and work for the public good,
    trying to rid us of all the drug users who want to think they are “normal” but also happily fund murders in Mexico.
    thanks for what you do, roid….

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