TAIWAN - Taiwan-native Major League pitcher Chien-Ming Wang made an official apology to the public Tuesday for having an extramarital affair after a Taiwanese newspaper ran a front-page story the same day exposing the scandal.
During a press conference held at a spring training camp in the United States, the 32-year-old righty admitted that he had an extramarital affair with a woman in 2010 which lasted for eight months.
Wang apologized to everybody for his "serious mistake."
"I want to apologize to all my fans for being a bad example and disappointing everyone," said Wang with tears in his eyes at a press conference in Viera, Florida.
He said the affair took place two years ago when he was both physically and mentally weakest following season-ending shoulder surgery that forced him to leave the New York Yankees and join the Washington Nationals.
"I was not sure if I was facing the end of my professional career (following the surgery) and my mental and physical health were out of balance," said Wang, adding that it was at that time he had the affair.
Without going into the details of the affair or naming the woman, Wang said he took the initiative to end it after suffering tremendous guilt eight months later.
On the other hand, Wang claimed his former paramour has continuously tried to get back together with the celebrity pitcher and even threatened to expose their relationship to the media.
Wang had "no choice" but to step forward now and make an open apology for his mistake to avoid harming anyone further, he said.
He said he has confessed to the affair with his wife and that she had forgiven him.
Mistress Identified as Taiwanese Surnamed Chiu
Wang's public confession was made after the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper ran a front-page story yesterday showing several photographs Wang took with the woman, who was identified as Cyndi Chiu.
Wang met the Taiwanese woman at a night club in Florida when the pitcher was undergoing rehabilitation for his injury, the report said.