Doug Gottlieb Retracts Statement About Bogus Report Regarding Freddie Freeman Contract Negotiations With Braves

Freddie Freeman is close to wrapping up his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the saga around his free agency continues. Rumors involving Freeman's former agent Casey Close, a Doug Gottlieb Tweet, and a liable lawsuit received quite the update on Wednesday afternoon. Back in June, when Freeman made his emotional return to Atlanta to play his former team, news broke that he had fired Close.

Shortly thereafter, Doug Gottlieb reported that the motivation behind the firing stemmed from Close withholding an offer from the Braves, leading Freeman landing with the Dodgers. Gottlieb alleged that Freeman learned of the offer in Atlanta, which would explain the timing of his firing of Close. “ found out over the weekend just how close Atlanta had come in their final offer, called up Casey Close and said, ‘You didn’t tell me about this offer? You’re fired,’” Gottlieb said on his show earlier this summer. Close refuted Gottlieb's report, saying "There is no truth whatsoever to what Doug Gottlieb tweeted, and I would testify to that under oath.” He then went on to sue Gottlieb for libel, claiming he had received death threats from Braves fans in the fallout.


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