Everyone said ‘no’ at first, but in the end… Losing trust in Korean baseball

Bad news continues in Korean professional baseball. The KBO League, which had the loudest March ever, is the same in April.

LG Twins outfielder Lee Cheon-woong belatedly admitted to the allegation of internet gambling. The LG club said, “Lee Chun-woong admitted to the charges of internet gambling on the 12th.” 

Recently, a report was received at the KBO Clean Baseball Center about Lee Cheon-woong’s suspicion of internet gambling. LG held the first meeting with Chun-Woong Lee at the end of March, but Chun-Woong Lee denied the charges. The KBO decided to request an investigation by the prosecution on the 5th in connection with the suspicion of Internet gambling after a series of bad news recently. On the 6th, the next day, LG canceled Lee Chun-woong from the first team entry. LG continued its own investigation and additional interviews. In the end, Lee Chun-woong contacted LG general manager Cha Myung-seok late at night on the 12th and admitted to illegal Internet gambling. On the 14th, he went to the Suseo Police Station in Seoul and turned himself in. 

Korean baseball is receiving a cold gaze after being eliminated 메이저사이트,early in the first round of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) three times in a row last month. Since then, various incidents have been repeated. 

Former Lotte Giants pitcher Seo Jun-won (23) is currently indicted for violating the Child and Adolescent Sexual Protection Act. 

Seo Jun-won is accused of having a minor take a body picture and send it to a minor he met online in August of last year. Lotte, who belatedly recognized the charges, decided on the 23rd of last month to withdraw, the highest level of discipline, and the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) suspended participation. 

It was last December that Busan Dongnae Police Station sent Seo Jun-won to the prosecution without detention on related charges. Even after that, Seo Jun-won played from the beginning of December to the end of January as a member of Geelong Korea of ​​the Australian Professional Baseball League (ABL), and completed all training sessions between Guam and Okinawa. He then went on the mound three times during the exhibition game and threw the ball. 

His last appearance was against the Daegu Samsung Lions on March 20th. The next day, he waited at the detention center until the court’s review of the warrant’s substance. He would have been notified of attending the warrant substantive examination before the mound on March 20, but he went up to the mound and threw the ball openly without notifying the club at all. When the club questioned him about this, Seo Jun-won said, “I attended the warrant review to catch the fugitive.” In the end, he belatedly confessed the truth on the morning of the 23rd, and the club announced his release that afternoon. An official from the club expressed regret, saying, “(Let the court dismiss the warrant because there is no fear of escape), he seems to have seen that he can hide the related facts until the end.” 

Jang Jeong-seok, former general manager of the KIA Tigers, was dismissed due to a scandal over ‘requesting money behind’. Until last year, while discussing a long-term (extension) contract with Park Dong-won, who wore a KIA uniform, he is suspected of asking for money with words suggesting back money. The KIA club said, “The party (general manager Jang Jeong-seok) said that there was a lack of dialogue. It is interpreted as meaning that it was a joke.” In response to Jang Jeong-seok’s position, Park Dong-won and the Korea Professional Baseball Players Association (Athletes’ Association) protested, saying, “We can even disclose the recorded file.” An official from the Athletes’ Association called it “the last card”. Since then, director Jang Jeong-seok has not given any position. KIA immediately dismissed former general manager Jang. Currently, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) Secretariat is assigned to the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Investigation Department (Chief Prosecutor Cho Kwang-hwan) for the investigation. 

For the first time in 11 years, the KBO League sold out all stadiums on opening day. Contrary to the concerns caused by various adverse events just before the opening, it started off fresh. A total of 196,945 people visited the baseball field over the two days.

However, if the bad news continues and the fact is hidden, the disappointment and fatigue of the fans will inevitably grow. Losing trust is also related to the success or failure of the league. This is a time when everyone needs reflection and effort. 

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