The Shukan Bunshun that hits store shelves on June 28 (July 5 edition) contains a story about Kiyoshi Nakahata (Yokohama manager) providing a former gangster with information on Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri manager). Nakahata has admitted to speaking with the former gangster, but only because, as he understood it, the man was the father of a Komazawa University baseball player alum.
"I did not want to get involved because it did not feel right. I told him he should talk it over with [Hara] and left it at that," said Nakahata to reporters today.
Nakahata has denied providing the former gangster with Hara's contact information.
Bay Stars' team president Jun Ikeda told reporters that Nakahata did not know about the man's connections. And Giants' team rep Atsushi Harasawa said neither the team nor Hara thought Nakahata was involved.
"Nakahata told me what happened," said Ikeda. "A man, Mr. K, was the father of a Komazawa University student. He happened to be one of many different people [Nakahata] came into contact with. There was no understanding that he was a shady person. The [Bay Stars] have no problem here. The team would like to ask that the manager, the one that carries responsibility for what happens on the field, not be dragged into this."