This is not the kind of thing I expected to sit down and write during a stopover on my way San Diego, but here goes nothing:
Chien-Ming Wang held a news conference yesterday in Florida in which he admitted to Taiwanese reporters that he had an extra-marital affair in 2010 and apologized for it.
“Two years ago I made a very serious mistake. I will not and cannot excuse myself for this mistake,” Wang said, according to translated accounts. “To my family and friends who love and support me, I will not even dare to ask for your forgiveness, but I want to express my most deep apology.”
Wang, one of Taiwan’s largest celebrities, made the announcement after Apple Daily, a Taiwanese tabloid, published photos and Wang and the woman with whom he carried on the affair. Wang said the affair went on for eight months and caused his family, which includes a 3-year-old son, great harm.
“I was feeling hopeless during the long hours of rehabilitation every day,” Wang said. “At the low ebb of my life, I had this affair.
“Because of my lack of will, I have hurt my wife, my family and this woman. There are no words to describe how deeply sorry I am to have hurt you all.”
Wang made his affair public just after making his first rehab appearance in an extended spring training start. Washington reporters who cover the team were not notified of the news conference, either before or after it took place. A Nationals spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to comment.
“Chien-Ming Wang has my full support, and the support of the Washington Nationals organization, as he and his family deal with a difficult personal situation,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement released by the team. “I appreciated Chien-Ming’s honesty in relaying the facts to me directly, and I am satisfied that he has accepted responsibility for his actions. I hope the time will not be distant when his family can put this ordeal behind them and a healthy Chien-Ming can focus on returning to the mound and to his team. We will not be commenting further on this issue.”
Wang is on the disabled with a strained hamstring, which he suffered March 15 during a spring training start.