KIA general manager Jang Jeong-seok sacked for ‘demanding money during contract negotiations’ … Club apology issued

Jang Jeong-seok, general manager of KIA, attended the inauguration ceremony of manager Kim Jong-guk in January last year. /news1

KIA Tigers professional baseball has fired general manager Jang Jeong-seok. On the 29th, the KIA announced, “We held a disciplinary committee and decided to dismiss general manager Jang Jeong-seok, who caused an uproar this morning for his degrading behavior.”

According to the KIA club, etc., this happened after the end of last season. Park Dong-won, who transferred from Kiwoom to KIA in April last year, negotiated a multi-year contract with KIA after the season, and in the process, general manager Jang demanded money from Park Dong-won. KIA received this tip last week and has been finding out the facts. Director Jang is said to have explained that he was a “searcher” about this. Before he was sacked, he had already expressed his intention to quit.

The KIA said, “Apart from the factual relationship, for any reason, in the process of negotiating with the player, the wrong behavior of asking for money is unacceptable, so we directed the general manager Jang Jeong- seok to the disciplinary committee and take the final dismissal.”

Along with the dismissal of general manager Jang, KIA issued an apology saying, “We apologize to the fans, and we will work hard on compliance training for all club employees and players to prevent this from happening again.”

Below is the full text of the apology.

The KIA Tigers bow their heads in apology to the fans of the KIA Tigers as well as all fans who love professional baseball for the recent behavior of damage to the dignity of general manager Jang Jeong-seok.

We would also like to apologize to all league members for causing harm to the entire KBO league prior to the opening.

KIA Tigers immediately discovered the facts and judged that the demand for money and valuables was not justified for any reason, held a disciplinary committee, and immediately dismissed general manager Jang Jeong-seok.

The club feels a heavy sense of responsibility for this matter, and will work harder and constantly work on compliance training for all club employees and players to prevent this from happening again.

We apologize once again for causing concern to the fans who love professional baseball and support the KIA Tigers.