Agent Casey Close Fires Back At The Atlanta Braves, Claims Team Is Spinning A “False Narrative” Regarding Freddie Freeman’s Departure

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Questions & controversy surrounded Freddie Freeman’s leaving of Atlanta to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, & the role his former agent, Casey Close, had to play in it. Things reached a fever point on Wednesday after radio host Doug Gottlieb accused Close, on Twitter, of withholding the final offer made to Freeman from the Atlanta Braves.

The agent fired back on Thursday after initially coming out publicly to deny the allegation. “I will not stand by as the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman’s departure from Atlanta are mischaracterized. Since March, the Braves have fostered a narrative about the negotiations which, stated plainly, is false. Part of that false narrative is the suggestion that I did not communicate a contract offer to the Freemans. To be clear, we communicated every offer that was made, as well as every communication Excel had with the Braves organization throughout the entire process. I have a 30-year reputation in this business for integrity and honesty, and I have always operated with the utmost character. At Excel, we are privileged to represent many exemplary athletes, some of whom have chosen to spend their entire careers with one franchise. We always put the player’s goals and best interests first and will always continue to do so.”

ESPN has more HERE.