Taipei, April 24 (CNA) The parents of Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who had earlier apologized for an extramarital affair two years ago, on Tuesday urged their son to learn from his mistake and said they are willing to stand by him.
Wang's father Wang Ping-huang and mother Yang Su-chen issued a statement expressing their regret over the Taiwanese star's behavior, saying that Wang had let down and hurt his fans.
"We do not condone what our son did, but at the same time, we're not going to let anyone take advantage of his mistake," they said in the statement.
"Hopefully, he can learn from his mistake and recover people's faith in him through his performances on the field," they said. "As parents, we respect his decisions and we will stand by him."
Wang, who has been nursing a hamstring injury and is expected to rejoin his team at the end of this month, apologized earlier in the day at a press conference in Viera, Florida, for an extramarital affair that occurred two years ago.
The Taiwanese sports hero said the relationship began while he was undergoing rehab after an operation in 2009, when he was "at the low ebb" of his life and "feeling helpless and hopeless."
Wang said the relationship lasted for eight months before he took the initiative to end it from a deep sense of guilt. Wang also urged the media not to disturb his family.
Wang said he had broached the matter with his team, which encouraged him to explain the situation to the public. His team also said the matter would not affect his standing at the club.
The Taiwanese right-hander reached his peak in the major leagues with consecutive 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007, but has since been plagued by foot and shoulder injuries. In 2009, an injury kept him off the mound until last year with the Nationals.
Wang has been reportedly recovering well this spring, with Nationals manager Davey Johnson considering adding him to the Nationals' starting rotation at the end of this month.
(By Hsiao Pao-hsiang, Chang Jung-hsiang and Scully Hsiao)