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Hiromoto Okubo talks to the press

by on Jul.30, 2010 @ 4:11 pm, under NPB

Hiromoto Okubo apparently contacted the press via fax last night in order to make a few comments of his.  He told the press that he did not act inappropriately as a coach and that he had planned on stepping down on his own once the team finished with their investigations.  Okubo also denies doing anything wrong, although I'm not sure if what he meant was that he never abused anyone, or that he thought violence was a justified means to help players grow.

Sankei Sports also approached Okubo for addition comments last night.  He told reporters that he was sorry for the trouble he caused and that he had things he wanted to say but would let his lawyer do the rest of the talking.  His lawyer responded by saying that the Seibu Lions did not take the appropriate steps when they dismissed Okubo and hinted at the possibility of taking legal measures.

Interestingly enough, Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters that he felt awful for not being able to protect Okubo, at least in regards to how managers are supposed to protect both players and coaches.

Yusei Kikuchi continues to remain silent.


A summary of events and dates (via Sponichi):

7/22 - Okubo is removed from his position as Ni-gun batting coach on grounds of inappropriate conduct.  The press originally finds out about the possibility of abusive treatment of Kikuchi.

7/23 - The first day of investigations lasts about nine hour.  The teams interviews the Ni-gun manager, other Ni-gun coaches, and Kimiyasu Kudo.  Kikuchi remains silent when questioned by the media.

7/24 - The second day of investigations lasts about 6 hours.  15 Ni-gun players are interviewed.

7/25 - Hisanobu Watanabe apologized to Ichi and Ni-gun players before full-squad, Ichi and Ni-gun practice.

7/27 - Team owner apologized to fans for everything that has happened.

7/29 - The team dismisses Okubo.