Radio host apologizes to former Freddie Freeman agent for false reporting about free agency

Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb has apologized to Casey Close, the former agent of Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman, and retracted a report alleging Close withheld important information from Freeman during his free agency period.

freeman, who has since said goodbye to Close, signed a six-year $162 million contract with the Dodgers after previously spending his entire professional career as a member of the Atlanta Braves organization. The decision was made after talks with the Braves stalled and they acquired Freeman’s replacement Matt Olson through trade with the Oakland Athletics. In late June, Gottlieb tweeted: “Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves’ latest offer, so Freeman fired him.”

Close responded by filing a libel suit in US district court against Gottlieb, and on Wednesday Gottlieb gave his mea culpa in a statement on Twitter:

“On June 29, I commented on alleged circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman’s negotiations with the Atlanta Braves and his relationship with his former agent Casey Close. While I always strive to report accurate information, I have prematurely reported these events and I’m just wrong.Further investigation of my sources, a review of the lawsuit brought against me in this case, and a direct conversation with Casey herself, I have been informed that the conduct I alleged did not take place and that there is no credible basis for claiming that there was.My final investigation into this case confirms that Casey Close did indeed communicate all offers to Freddie Freeman and that the sources I relied on were incorrect, most importantly understanding. I appreciate the damage such misinformation can cause and have contacted Case y Close to apologize immediately. I also deleted my original tweet.”

Close’s agency, Excel Sports, released a statement in response in which they accepted Gottlieb’s apology and suggested that the libel charges be dropped:

“From the outset, we were clear that Mr Gottlieb’s tweet was completely false and that we would seek legal means to set the record straight. He has retracted his statement in its entirety, acknowledging that he was wrong about the story. . We consider the case closed.”

Freeman’s Emotional Return to Atlanta in June sparked speculation that he regretted his decision to leave the organization that drafted and signed him to the Dodgers in 2007. Be that as it may, Freeman has done well in his first season in LA. With 135 matches he has a OPS+ of 144 and leads the majors in hits and doubles. Currently, Freeman has a WAR of 5.0, while his replacement Olson checks in with a WAR of 2.9.