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Report: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned over sexual assault allegations

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Report: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned over sexual assault allegations
FILE - In this March 4, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister waits to take the field before an exhibition spring training baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Pirates in Lakeland, Fla. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Texas Rangers have chosen Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager. The person confirmed multiple reports Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, speaking on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement from the Rangers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington looks down at the podium as he makes a statement at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05: (L-R) Owner Ray Davis of the Texas Rangers, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels of the Texas Rangers, and Owner Bob Simpson of the Texas Rangers talk with the media after announcing the resignation of Manager Ron Washington at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Ron Washington informed the club that he has chosen to resign in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 3: Ron Washington #38 manager of the Texas Rangers waits for an official ruling if Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals caught a ball hit by Ryan Rua of the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 3, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Officials ruled that Gordon caught the ball on a bounce and Rua was given a single. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 04: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers pulls starting pitcher Robbie Ross Jr #46 of the Texas Rangers from the game against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A bombshell report says that former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned last week over sexual assault allegations.

The longtime Rangers manager's resignation last week, citing "an off-the-field personal matter," shocked many despite a down year for the club. Team officials have since said his job was not in jeopardy.

The report by Scoop Sports CEO Jamie Kelly said: "Washington's sudden departure from the club was due to impending legal issues stemming from an alleged sexual assault of a reporter."

Earlier comments by Rangers GM Jon Daniels also lend credence to Kelly's report.

"While we don't want to touch on any of the specifics," Daniels told USA Today, "Ron has given us permission to say this is not drug related."

Washington tested positive in 2009 for cocaine and immediately offered his resignation, but the club refused and stood by him.

The popular skipper has led the team to two American League pennants and 664 wins since taking the helm prior to the 2007 season.

He has not commented publicly since his resignation.

(Editor's note: Possibly identifying information about the victim was removed from this report on September 12)

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