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Baseball pitcher sues ex-player for defamation in match-fixing scandal

Sports 18:00 December 18, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball pitcher Jung Woo-ram on Tuesday sued a former player for defamation, after the latter accused Jung of fixing games.

Jung's Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club, Hanwha Eagles, said their All-Star closer filed his suit against former NC Dinos pitcher Lee Tae-yang at Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday. Jung said he plans to work with authorities as necessary to demonstrate his innocence.

In this file photo from June 10, 2018, Jung Woo-ram of the Hanwha Eagles throws a pitch against the SK Wyverns in the top of the eighth inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

At a press conference on Dec. 10, Lee, who was convicted in 2016 of accepting cash to throw games, named Jung as one of a handful of players who should be investigated for possible match-fixing connections.

Lee organized the presser to claim innocence for former Nexen Heroes outfielder Moon Woo-ram, who was found guilty in the same case as Lee.

Lee said the match-fixing broker that he worked with showed him video clips of Jung and other pitchers, as he tried to persuade Lee that he could make quick, easy cash like they had.

In the immediate aftermath, Jung vehemently denied any connection to match fixing and threatened legal action against Lee.

"That is absolutely not true. I've never imagined getting into match fixing," Jung said last week. "It's just absurd that I even have to tell people it's not true."

In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo, Lee Tae-yang (L), former Korea Baseball Organization pitcher convicted of match-fixing offenses in 2016, speaks at a press conference in Seoul, claiming innocence on behalf of another former player, Moon Woo-ram (R), who was also found guilty of fixing games. (Yonhap)

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