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Hiromoto Okubo sues Seibu Lions for wrongful termination

by on Jan.28, 2011 @ 12:10 am, under NPB

Hiromoto Okubo filed a wrongful termination suit against the Seibu Lions at the Tokyo District Court on Thursday and is claiming 21,263,000 yen in damages.

Okubo claims that he was never given a reason for his termination from the team and was never given an opportunity to tell his side of the story.  He also claims his reputation took a hit because of the termination.

Team president Shinji Kobayashi told reporters that he hasn't heard anything yet and that it's business as usual.

Okubo filed a provisional disposition claim (defamation) against the Lions last year, but it was rejected by both the Tokyo District Court and Tokyo High Court.

UPDATE @ 11:40am - Okubo's camp is apparently claiming the violent actions taken by Okubo should be considered justifiable because they were within the range of acceptable behavior for coaches and could end up calling Yusei Kikuchi as a witness.