On Friday, Nick Francona issued an official response to MLB’s statement about the investigation into his departure from the Los Angeles Dodgers back in April 0f 2016.
The statement comes days after Sports Illustrated published a story profiling Nick Francona and his firing by Gabe Kapler and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that story, SI first revealed a statement issued by MLB attempting to discredit Mr. Francona’s claims.
“At Mr. Francona’s request, MLB’s Department of Investigations (DOI) conducted a thorough investigation of his allegations. DOI interviewed more than a dozen witnesses and reviewed approximately 45,000 documents, including information that Mr. Francona provided. DOI found no information to corroborate Mr. Francona’s allegation that his departure from the Dodgers, or any other purported mistreatment, was related to his status as a military veteran or his decision to seek an assessment through a veterans’ assistance program.”
It is worth noting that following his departure from the Dodgers, according to Mr. Francona, “MLB officials refused to investigate unless I agreed to complete confidentiality and waived all legal rights.” In refusing to do so, approximately nine months later, Mr. Francona decided to send a letter directly to the Commissioner, Rob Manfred, detailing his concerns.
The following month, Mr. Francona states, MLB launched their investigation into his departure from the Dodgers.
Over a year after the investigation ended, according to Mr. Francona,
“MLB officials refused to provide me with the investigation report and only released a statement about the investigation for the first time now, roughly a year and a half after it ended.”
Read the rest of Nick Francona’s official statement below: