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Yomiuri Giants, four players file petition with Asahi Shimbun’s News and Civil Liberties Committee

by on Apr.28, 2012 @ 1:33 am, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants announced on Friday that the team and four of their players filed a petition with Asahi Shimbun's News and Civil Liberties Committee (a third-party committee).  The four players, Yoshinobu Takahashi, Shinnosuke Abe, Tetsuya Utsumi, and Takahiko Nomaguchi, and the team are seeking a correction and a written apology from Asahi Shimbun for using their real names and reporting false information in an article they published on March 15 about six Yomiuri players that received 3.6B yen in bonuses.

The Giants are claiming that Asahi Shimbun ignored their explanation about how part of the money was performance based and not considered a signing bonus -- the four players were actually paid a total 850M yen in signing bonuses but the Asahi Shimbun article reported that they were paid a total 2.6B yen.