In his first public comments since being forced to resign as the Braves’ general manager and, eventually, permanently banned from Major League Baseball, John Coppolella issued a lengthy and apologetic statement to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The 38-year-old says that he has been “disgraced and humbled” and that he and his family have been “devastated and embarrassed by the repercussions of my actions.”
“Throughout my 20-year baseball career my singular focus has been to help make my team more successful,” says Coppolella. “I am heartbroken that in this case my conduct has done the opposite for the Atlanta Braves organization. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Coppolella goes on to apologize to the Braves organization, the Commissioner’s office, his former colleagues and peers throughout the industry and to Braves fans everywhere for the damage caused by his actions.
Those actions, of course, included significant circumvention of collectively bargained rules pertaining to both international amateur free agency and the annual June amateur draft. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that his office’s investigation revealed that the Braves inflated their contract to a foreign professional in the 2015-16 offseason and then funneled some of that money to five players that were signed as international amateurs as a means of circumventing the international bonus pool system.
Had Atlanta signed the five amateur prospects for those full amounts, they’d have been barred from signing any player in the next year’s class for more than $300K. Instead, the Braves were able to spend aggressively on the 2016-17 class — netting well regarded names like Kevin Maitan and Abrahan Gutierrez — both of whom (along with 11 others) has since been declared a free agent by the league. Atlanta also inflated the bonuses of six additional players as a means of enticing prospect Robert Puason’s agent to agree to a deal in the 2019-20 signing period and offered Korean prospect Ji-hwan Bae “extra-contractual compensation,” per Manfred’s statement. The commissioner also noted that the Braves offered “impermissible benefits” in the amateur draft as well.
“I have learned the lesson of a lifetime, as my mistakes have cost me my dream job and my future in the game that I love,” Coppolella says near the end of his statements. “I hope that other people, regardless of their profession, use this as a cautionary tale when making their own business decisions.”
Well thank you for the apology. It seems it’s the only thing we get to keep from this whole thing.
You also get to keep that big ‘L’.
He got caught up in the moment and made some very bad decisions. His work ethic was never questioned and i dont doubt he will land on his feet in whatever he chooses to do next. His stamp will be on this Braves team for a long time with the young talent he brought in
His work ethic wasn’t the problem, rather his, um… ethic ethics.
Ha yes! The ethics of business are um………http://dogfishpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/billy-madison-06_510.jpeg
Ill disagree. This was a systematic approach to the bonus system as well as the amatuer draft. Its not just a guy going overboard at an auction. It was a clear decision.
Tries to look like a champ ended up being a chump.
He wasn’t banned from the game of baseball. He was banned from MLB.
Well, regardless, hope no one touches this dude or gives him an opportunity. Once a cheater always a cheater.
To the pit of misery!
You are right. No second chances for anyone. Hang him at the airport!
Is he still allowed to attend games as a fan?
I could be wrong but I don’t think so. I remember Pete Rose was banned from going to stadiums and needed permission from the league in order to attend some ceremonies before games.
How would they enforce this? He has limitless wig options.
This guy is asking the real questions imo
I believe Pete Rose was banned from the field of play specifically because of the nature of his actions. It’d be very hard to keep someone from purchasing a ticket and attending a game with 35k others. Its unlikely a seasonal gate worker would recognize him.
Are you talking about Coppy being recognized at a ballpark by a gate worker OR Pete Rose being recognized by a gate worker with a ticket? Cuz I’m sure Pete Rose would definitely be recognized , but I doubt Coppy would ! But I think they should both be banned from the games as well!
Well, that ban covers a lot of ground including MiLB. Great resume he has now for working at other levels too. He turned down a career with Intel before going into baseball. I dont think it’ll look great on a resume.
Historically other leagues honor MLB bans just the same. If he’s looking to make comparable money to what he was probably making as GM, he won’t get that in a lesser league and will likely have to find a corporate job in the private sector. He’s smart as can be, even how he did it was brilliant. He just chose to use his skills for the wrong reasons and deserves everything coming his way.
He was just trying to fulfill his promise….MakeAtlantaBravesGreatAgain….with all of his vast qualifications and obvious talents….he will overcome this bump in the ethical road…..he could be our next President…..God Bless America !
Yes don’t be a dumb ass. Lesson learned. Thanks Cop
Didn’t you know cheating and stealing is only for the super rich. Look at the top 3 market teams they just pay for their advantage over the rest of the league. They do by cheating their lower income fans not providing them the opportunity to watch the games live at a lower seat.
My dad a live long MLB fan would take the family to about 3 yankee games per year now retired in Tampa we go to about 24 games a year for less money and still money to go fishing every Saturday morning too!
Baseball economics allow certain teams to steal n cheat in plain sight…
Or it’s simple supply and demand? A storied, good franchise in a big market can put their prices at a higher rate because more people want to see them play. Whereas a newer team that’s in a small market with a less caring population has to charge less to attract people to come. Not saying it’s right, but it’s economics not baseball economics.
Can somebody clear up for me what was the difference between what Coppy did and what the Red Sox got caught doing seems to be the same but the Braves penalties were harsher
Read this…. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/07/red-sox-international-penalties.html
and then this…. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/braves-will-forfeit-rights-to-prospect-kevin-maitan.html
Can someone explain to me what he did and why it’s illegal? I️ never really pay attention to this side of baseball
It would probably be best to google the story and get the details there. Braves basically gamed the international bonus system.
Just like all the other teams do, except they got caught ! Perhaps snitched on by another GM maybe?
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I’m going to start a cover band called “The Coppolella Banned” and we’re only gonna play songs about cheating. Coming to a sports bar near you!
“we knew darn well it was always better not to get caught.” – John Coppolella probably
There’s a silver lining to every dark cloud: Coppolella’s actions resulted in 12 Braves prospects becoming free agents available to sign today. This gives the GMs something to do this week while the league is in a holding pattern with the Stanton & Ohtani situations.
Two and a half minutes to microwave Popcorn? Or 2 minutes?
Since I always burn most of the popcorn, I would say less time then add some if needed. You can’t un-burn popcorn.
I want this on my tombstone.
yes, yes. shoot for under. burnt microwave popcorn is the absolute worst. you can smell the dead snack tragedy for days.
My housekeeper burned up a good microwave with those damn bags of popcorn ! It stunk for a week! LoL
If you can count three seconds between kernel pops, stop the microwave.
Bosox got caught why did he think it’ll be any different from him? Them?
Only reason the padres went crazy last season and not the period prior was bc the dbags snaked Tomas
Things happen for a reason. They didn’t even need a full rebuild at the time but they went for it.
I’m tired of hearing about this guy. Don’t care about his apology or anything he has to say. Let’s get some positive offseason news and put this in our past!!!
Suck a fat one coppy, you screwed braves country