A week ago today Major League Baseball slammed the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves as the result of their violations of rules on the international free agent market. They lost over a dozen prospects and were subjected to severe restrictions with respect to future international signees over the next four years.

Former Braves General Manager John Coppolella was hit the hardest personally, as he was placed on MLB’s permanently ineligible list, which essentially bans him from working in baseball for life.

Today Rob Manfred made a comment that suggested why Coppolella was hit so hard. He was on ESPN’s radio show Golic and Wingo this morning and, when asked about the penalties, he said “[w]hile the Braves were completely cooperative in the investigative process, I can’t say the same for John.”

Coppolella was forced to resign on October 2 and the investigation lingered on through October and November.