Lotte Giants’ action was swift and strong. Seo Jun-won (23), who even betrayed the club, paid a heavy price.
The Lotte team officially announced on the 23rd, “We have decided to release Seo Jun-won.” On this day, the Busan District Prosecutor’s Office’s Women’s and Children’s Crime Investigation Department prosecuted Seo Jun-won for violating the Act on the Protection of Children and Adolescents’ Sexual Exploitation (production and distribution of sexually exploitative materials, etc.). Seo Jun-won is accused of having a minor he met online last year take a picture and send it to him.
According to an official familiar with 메이저놀이터the club’s circumstances, Seo Jun-won was investigated by the police at the end of last year, but he did not inform the club. Even after the fact recently reached the ears of the club, he said he strongly denied it. However, he suddenly changed his words and admitted to being investigated only on the morning of the 23rd.
The club’s sense of betrayal was great. Lotte’s front desk and coaching staff are known to have told Seo Jun-won, “Please tell me honestly.” The club officials, who only believed in the words of the player, did not know anything and had to belatedly learn about the misconduct.
In response, Lotte took a hardline response. On the same day that Seo Jun-won admitted the fact, he immediately opened a disciplinary committee, and instead of other punishments such as suspension, he chose ‘release’. The club said, “Regardless of the prosecution’s indictment, we have decided to withdraw from the club, which is the highest level of discipline. The club acknowledges the player’s neglect of management and will strictly strive to prevent recurrence by strictly implementing gender awareness education in the future.”
It was not easy for Lotte to make such a decision. This is because Seo Jun-won was evaluated as a promising player who will be responsible for the next 10 years of the team. Joining as the first nomination in 2019, he drew attention as a ‘high-speed sidearm’ that exceeded 150 km per hour. He showed hope by recording an average ERA of 3.50 in 18 games in the second half of last year, and showed his will through weight loss ahead of this season (career record: 15 wins, 23 losses, 5 holds in 123 games, an ERA of 5.56).
However, when Seo Jun-won’s behavior was revealed, Lotte issued a ‘zero-tolerance mace’ called release. A down payment of 350 million won and a total annual salary of 245 million won over four years became a sunk cost. It was a ‘risk management’ by taking the maximum measures against the player’s insincere behavior.