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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. Levi Stahl - Mar 18, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Wow. If this story is accurate, I’m really surprised that the Rangers didn’t immediately contact MLB and the police. A manager being blackmailed strikes me as one of the most dangerous possible situations for the integrity of the game.

  2. negroid - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    So this dumb a$$ uses cocaine, the he gets caught by testing positive for it and somehow the spotlight isn’t on him for being a dumb drug user. Instead, it’s now someone else’s fault because they “allegedly” dried to black mail the rangers????? Good ole America where no one is accountable for their own actions anymore. It’s always someone else’s fault. NICE!

  3. Grant - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Um? Just because Washington’s crime was not dealt with to your satisfaction shouldn’t mean that another crime shouldn’t be dealt with. Blackmail is serious business, and the Rangers probably should have called the police.

    Wasington, meanwhile, failed a drug test. That’s a matter (as I understand it) of contract and civil law dealing with his relations with his employer(s) (the Rangers and MLB). It was dealt with in that capacity. Washington clearly had to possess cocaine, a felony, in order to have it make its way into his urine. But importantly, he wasn’t caught possessing cocaine, so he doesn’t get charged criminally. This blackmailer fellow appears to have been caught actually committing a crime, and the Rangers and Washington had every right (you could argue responsibility) to contact the police.

    I suspect Craig and the other lawyers can correct/clarify what I just said. I’m just an art historian.

  4. negroid - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Your right, you ARE just a art historian. So what your saying is………well he did use a illegal substance, BUT since he didn’t get caught by the police then all is well. But this blackmailer didn’t get caught by the POLICE either, so how can it be a crime????? It’s just what some reporter is reporting something that someone said. It’s just a story. Nothing has been proven. Oh wait, something has been proven. That would be the positive drug test. Stick to art, because you sure as hell don’t know how the justice system works. Blackmail isn’t a crime unless……..well, you get caught at it. And he didn’t.
    What do I know, I’m just a probation officer.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    You’re a moron, negroid. If the Rangers, right now, went to the police and gave them information about the blackmail, the police would investigate and, if the story stuck, prosecute. You don’t have to actually set up the blackmailer in a sting operation or anything.
    No one ever, ever is prosecuted for past possession. The only time possession is ever pursued as a charge is when someone is caught red-handed.

  6. RichardInDallas - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    From Arlington, TX, it’s the Late Show, with your host, Ron Washington. Ron’s special guest tonight is Rangers Center Fielder Josh Hamilton. Musical guests: Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Dr. John and JJ Cale.

  7. negotiator127 - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    @negroid – dude are you really this dumb?

  8. Fred Evil - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Yet more evidence the ‘War on Drugs,’ is a miserable failure. It allows people to use it to manipulate and extort others. Responsible drug USE is not an issue. But classifying use of ANY substance other than alcohol or tobacco as ABUSE is simply inaccurate.
    End the FAILED ‘War on Drugs,’ end the war on our citizenry.
    If people are ABUSING drugs, they need help, not jail or extortion. If they are responsibly USING drugs, leave them alone, this is America, we’re supposed to be free.

  9. negroid - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    negotiator127…..uh dude, are you stoned right now…dude.
    Now how is it that I’m dumb. Everyone is defending this a$$ for using cocaine. Yet, no one has proven that ANYONE has blackmailed anyone else.
    And as for Craig Calcuterra, if this if that. Listen to yourself. If this happened and then this happened THEN the police would do something. Get your head out of your a$$. Do any of you who called me dumb have ever delt with any issue even close to this, because I have. It’s all hear say………….dude. Nothing has been proven -dude. And that’s how things go. I’ve been in law enforment for a long time and all they’ve got is hear say, oh and a positive drug test for cocaine. Can they prosecute for the drug test?????? No, they can’t, but they can’t do anything about the so called blackmailer either………dude.

  10. woody jackson - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    I can’t believe that the Rangers didn’t address this last July when it first came out and fired Washington. This not only tarnishes the Rangers but by not acting it makes Nolan Ryan no better than Washington.

  11. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    It’s a shame you haven’t learned anything in your vast law enforcement experience. For my part, I handled internal investigations for corporate and political clients for a the better part of a decade. Many of which involved blackmail, extortion and drugs. I can assure you, based on personal experience, that law enforcement can and often does take an interest in such plots after the fact.
    It may go nowhere — ideally you’d want emails or other communications from the alleged blackmailer indicating his intent so you don’t have to try and get him to confess — but it’s certainly not unheard of.

  12. Tony - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    I totally agree with Negroid!All that money and you have to get involved with illegal drugs!!! Come on man!

  13. negroid - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    How is it that I haven’t learned anything? How did you come to that conclusion???? Yes, if he they had email and if he confessed and if the moon fell out of the sky they would do something about it. Please read what you wrote.
    I will admit, if this guy is dumb enough to confess, then they could do something, but if they had anything at all then this would be a story about him being arrested. Instead, you don’t even know his name do you??? That’s because they have nothing on him. I love the line you wrote……..”it may go nowhere”. It won’t go anywhere, because like I said earlier, if they had any evidence he would have been charged by now. It’s a shame you haven’t learned anything during your years of internal investigations. Wait, I get it………your a big CSI fan.

  14. Eddie - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    You said it all. Take the spotlight and put it on anyone but the jerk who got caught. By the way, why isn’t the league going to do anything to the manager. I guess it’s OK to be a dope head manager, but not a player. So much for integrity at the top, huh?

  15. bandit - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Why does RW still have a job?

  16. Sam - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    I am not sure about this but like most corporations MLB and the Texas Rangers probably have a policy that the first step when an employee has failed a drug test is to work with that employee to help them. I believe that is what has happened here with the manager Ron Washington. He has gone thru the MLB program, has taken numerous drug tests and has volunteered to take even more. As for the individual that supposedly was blackmailing the Texas Rangers organization to improve their position with the club or even a new position should be investigated and if found true should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Blackmail is illegal. Ron Washington has done everything that MLB and the Texas Rangers have asked of him and will have more scrutiny going forward but at least he has taken the steps to help his problems.

  17. Sam - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    I am not sure about this but like most corporations MLB and the Texas Rangers probably have a policy that the first step when an employee has failed a drug test is to work with that employee to help them. I believe that is what has happened here with the manager Ron Washington. He has gone thru the MLB program, has taken numerous drug tests and has volunteered to take even more. As for the individual that supposedly was blackmailing the Texas Rangers organization to improve their position with the club or even a new position should be investigated and if found true should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Blackmail is illegal. Ron Washington has done everything that MLB and the Texas Rangers have asked of him and will have more scrutiny going forward but at least he has taken the steps to help his problems.

  18. Joey B - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    “No, they can’t, but they can’t do anything about the so called blackmailer either………dude.”
    1-You used ‘dude’ 4 times in your post. It adds nothing.
    2-Why can’t they do anything about the blackmailer? It’s still a crime. You tell the police. You wire Washington. You arrest blackmailer. It doesn’t sound that difficult.
    3-Blackmailing and Washington’s coke use don’t require identical action. You can punish one or punish both.
    4-While I have an ethical objection to coke users funding a Mexican drug war, I’d rather the person in the next office to be a coke user than a blackmailer. Even if you’re not doing anything illegal, do you want someone taping a conversation in which you called your wife, friend, or family member an idiot? Have you ever said something nasty about your boss? Do you really want someone taping it and threatening to publicize it?

  19. David - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    @Negroid…. You do understand that Craig has a background in law/the legal system and was a practicing lawyer before becoming a hack blogger from his mother’s basement, right?

  20. Infinite Wisdom - Mar 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    you + are = you’re
    It’s really difficult to take anything YOU’RE saying seriously.

  21. Berk - Mar 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Ron Washington is a freaking liar. Does he really think that we are so stupid to beleive this was his FIRST time coke? Seriously?!?!?! You wait until your 57 years old to try blow for the first time? Come on you idiot get a clue.

  22. sam - Mar 18, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Calling a probation officer “law enforcement” is kind of a stretch.

  23. Grant - Mar 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    If this guy represents most probation officers I feel even sorrier for all the people caught in the dragnet of our misguided War on Drugs than I did before.

  24. MAC - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    it was probably crack that he did, not regular cocaine. surprised no one has suggested that yet

  25. Ben - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    In a (probably vain) attempt to inject some levity into a conversation that’s becoming a touch contentious…
    “the blackmailer — a team employee who was fired in the offseason”
    Does not being signed to a new deal = “fired”, because … http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jonesan01.shtml
    One of those demands could have been for the immediate installation of an In ‘n Out in Arlington. Just sayin’.

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