Former KIA Tigers coach Kim Jong-guk (51), who is suspected of accepting bribes, and former KIA general manager Jang Jung-seok (51) escaped arrest.
Yoo Chang-hoon, a senior judge at the Seoul Central District Court, rejected the arrest warrant requested by the prosecution on the 30th after completing the warrant review of former coach Kim Jong-guk and former general manager Jang Jung-seok, who are suspected of being in breach of trust.헤라카지노도메인
“It is difficult to say that there is a fear of destroying evidence or running away,” said Yoo Chang-hoon, a senior judge. “It is necessary to guarantee the right to defend against whether the money received is in return for illegal solicitations, considering a series of sponsorship processes, such as the status of advertising sponsorship to the club before the time of receiving money, the details and timing of advertising sponsorship, and the involvement of suspects.”
The incident began with the revelation of LG Twins catcher Park Dong-won. Park Dong-won transferred from Kiwoom Heroes to KIA through a trade in May 2022. Just in time, Park Dong-won can exercise his rights as an FA after the 2022 season. Former general manager Jang set up a negotiation table to sign a multi-year contract with Park Dong-won as a non-FA and demanded “back money” twice. Rejecting this, Park Dong-won did not sign a multi-year contract with KIA, applied for a multi-year contract with FA, signed a four-year contract with LG for a total of 6.5 billion won, and chose to transfer. This fact became public to the world when Park Dong-won made public disclosure through the Korea Professional Baseball Players Association after moving to LG.
The baseball community is in shock. It was a stir that created a festive mood ahead of the opening of the regular season of the KBO League last year, and added cold water to the situation. Ultimately, Kia held a disciplinary committee meeting within the club and decided to dismiss former general manager Jang Jung-seok.
In announcing the dismissal of former general manager Jang Jung-seok, KIA said, “The club bowed its head and apologizes to KIA Tigers fans and all fans who love professional baseball for the recent damage to the dignity of Jang Jung-seok.” We also apologize to all members of the league as it will disrupt the entire KBO league, which is set to open. The club feels a heavy responsibility for this issue and will strive more to educate all team executives and players in compliance to ensure that this does not happen again, and will continue to make efforts. We apologize once again for causing concern to the fans who love professional baseball and support the KIA Tigers.”
Last year, KIA was suddenly forced to replace the head of the front office ahead of the opening of the regular season, and it took 38 days to appoint a new general manager, Shim Jae-hak.
This was not the end. This time, the shocking news that former head coach Kim Jong-guk was suspected of taking bribes was reported. It was only less than a year after KIA suffered from the nightmare of former general manager Jang Jung-seok’s “revolving money demand scandal.” In the process of investigating former general manager Jang Jung-seok, prosecutors detected allegations that Kim Jong-guk received money worth 100 million won and Jang Jung-seok received tens of millions of won from a coffee company that sponsored the KIA club. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said on the 29th that it requested an arrest warrant for former general manager Jang Jung-seok and former head coach Kim Jong-guk on charges such as the KBO’s investigation request case and the additional breach of trust during the investigation of the case.
KIA also had to make a decision. “We have decided to suspend Kim Jong-kook from his job,” KIA said on the 28th, “We confirmed that Kim Jong-kook is under investigation by the investigation authorities on the 25th, and finally confirmed this in a meeting with Kim Jong-kook on the 27th. The club suspended Kim Jong-kook from his job as a coach during the investigation,” and announced on the 29th, “We terminated the contract with Kim Jong-kook. Regardless of the results of the prosecution’s investigation, we decided to terminate the contract with Kim Jong-kook because we judged him to be an act of “damage to his dignity.”
Kia announced the termination of the contract with former coach Kim Jong-guk and issued an apology. “As soon as the team became aware of the fact, it immediately met with former coach Kim Jong-guk to quickly grasp the facts. In addition, regardless of the results of the investigation, it decided that normal season management would be impossible as long as allegations of bribery were raised and suspended from duty. KIA Tigers feels a great sense of responsibility for this matter and will make every effort to improve the process of appointing coaches and coaching staff and to educate club members on compliance in order not to repeat their mistakes again. In addition, we will take follow-up measures to ensure that the team’s management will normalize quickly in the future. We apologize once again by bowing our heads down to the fans who are looking forward to the opening of professional baseball.”
Former head coach Kim Jong-kook and former head coach Jang Jung-seok appeared at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday for a warrant hearing. When asked by reporters whether Jang Jeong-seok arrived at around 9:50 a.m. and Kim Jong-kook, who appeared at around 10 a.m., both remained silent. The reporters asked questions related to the bribery charges, such as “Do you admit to the charges?” and “Do you believe you received the money behind your back?” but both of them remained silent.
The same was true even after the warrant review was completed. Reporters asked Kim Jong-kook and Jang Jung-seok, former head coach of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, “Did you receive any money from the company?” and “Do you have anything to say to the fans?” But they didn’t give any answer and headed to the Seoul Detention Center. As the arrest warrant was rejected, they were able to leave the detention center.
He avoided arrest immediately, but the spark has not completely disappeared yet. The prosecution is expected to review the reason for the court’s rejection of the warrant and decide the direction of the investigation, including a request for a warrant again or indictment without detention.