Doug Gottlieb retracts his comments about Freddy Freeman and Casey Close

Radio personality Doug Gottlieb on Wednesday retracted comments he made earlier this summer after suggesting that Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddy Freeman’s departure from the Atlanta Braves stemmed from Freeman’s then-agent withholding information about an offer from the Braves.

Casey Close and Excel Sports Management File a lawsuit against Gottlieb Alleging defamation, and on Wednesday, Gottlieb issued an apology, saying he “simply got it wrong.”

“On June 29, I commented on the alleged circumstances surrounding Freddy Freeman’s negotiations with the Atlanta Braves and his relationship with his former agent Casey Close,” Gottlieb said. “While I always strive to report accurate information, I reported these events prematurely and misunderstood them.”

The situation began with Freeman’s off-season decision to leave the Atlanta Braves and join the Dodgers on a six-year, $162 million contract. The deal turned heads because Freeman previously spent all twelve MLB seasons with Atlanta, while also playing a prominent role in it. 2021 World Racing Championship.

Close, one of the game’s biggest agents and part of Freeman’s Excel team, is said to have been involved in long negotiations with the Braves that ended with Atlanta going in a different direction. On March 14, Freeman was still in the market, Atlanta Traded for Oakland Athletics Senior Team Matt Olson She signed an eight-year contract extension worth $168 million with him. Three days later, Freeman joined the Dodgers.

Then, in late June, when the Dodgers met the Braves for a three-game series in Atlanta, problems began to arise as Freeman, who made his Atlanta debut as a visiting player, was visibly emotional throughout the series’ opening game. four days later, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Freeman broke with both Close and Excel. Olney also stated that Freeman’s confidants believed his “emotion for the long weekend was connected, to some extent, with the continual anger and sadness that his negotiations ended with him playing for a team other than the club that initially drafted him”.

Close He said in the lawsuit mid-July that Braves made Freeman three nine-figure offers dating back to March 2021, including a final bid of $135 million on August 4, 2021. All offers were rejected by Freeman.

After Olney’s report, Fox Sports Radio host Gottlieb sent out a tweet claiming that Close never told Freeman about the Braves final show and that Freeman wasn’t aware until visiting Atlanta. Gottlieb said that when he was told, Freeman shot Close.

“Casey Close never told Freddy Freeman about Braves’ final show, which is why Freeman fired him,” Gottlieb wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “Find out in Atlanta this weekend. It’s not uncommon in MLB, but it did – Claus knew Freddy would get an ATL deal.”

Gottlieb’s novel document was opposed the next day. Subsequently, he and Axel filed a lawsuit against the sports analyst, claiming that his tweets harmed the plaintiffs’ names, actions and reputation and that “Close received death threats from people believed to be Atlanta Braves fans.”

After Gottlieb’s apology, Close released a statement through Excel.

“From the beginning, we were clear that Mr. Gottlieb’s tweet was completely inaccurate and that we would seek legal remedies to set things right. He has retracted his statement in full and admitted that he misunderstood the story. We consider this matter closed.”