The first round of hearings in Hiromoto Okubo's lawsuit against the Seibu Lions took place on Monday at the Tokyo District Court. Okubo did not show up at the hearing and instead had his lawyer take care of business.
Okubo's lawyer - "We will not falter, we boldly will stand behind our claims."
Seibu Lions' lawyer - "The reputation of the club and the reputation of one our players are being damaged. We will take a strong stance to make sure we protect both the club and our player and we will be clear in our statements."