Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella, making his first public comments since his resignation and lifetime ban from baseball, said he has been "disgraced and humbled" by events of the last two months and is "heartbroken" over the damage he caused the Atlanta organization. Coppolella apologized to the Braves, their fans, industry colleagues, commissioner Rob Manfred's office and his family in a five-paragraph email to ESPN. He declined a request to comment beyond his statement. Manfred placed Coppolella on MLB's permanently ineligible list for violations of the international player market and levied several sanctions against the Atlanta organization at the conclusion of a lengthy investigation two weeks ago. "To this point I have not commented about my departure from the Atlanta Braves," Coppolella said. "I have been hesitant to speak publicly as my family and I have been devastated and embarrassed by the repercussions of my actions. I realize now that I need to address what happened and speak to those affected. "To everyone who supports the Atlanta Braves and to everyone who loves the game of baseball, I am deeply sorry. "Throughout my 20-year baseball career my singular focus has been to help make my team more successful. 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. "To those in the baseball industry, including employees of the Braves and other organizations who feel I was in any way disrespectful or dishonest, I apologize. To the Commissioner's Office, who spent many extra hours dealing with such an unfortunate situation, please accept my apology. To the Braves fans and to those in the front office who supported me throughout my time as a General Manager, please know that I understand and accept your anger and frustration. To my family, who has stood by my side through this entire ordeal, I love you so much and I am sorry for the pain my actions have caused you.
Ex-Braves GM John Coppolella 'disgraced and humbled'
ESPN | Dec 5