“Apology? Half a year’s salary in exchange for a settlement”…Why the Pledge Corps Abuse Allegations Were Only Revealed 11 Years Later

August 18, 2023 | by

KT’s starting center fielder (28) is accused of bullying at the wrong time in his professional career. Why did the bullying complainant wait until 11 years later to tell the world about his victimization?

On the afternoon of the 17th, Bae posted an apology on his social media saying, “I’m sorry for the trouble I caused the fans with the issue that was posted online.”

He apologized for the bullying that occurred 11 years ago. “At that time, there was a group huddle led by the seniors in the third grade, and I, the second-year captain, gave the juniors in the first grade a huddle. “I apologized to the juniors after the game, and there were no further incidents of assault or profanity,” he said. We have confirmed the facts with the juniors who participated in the training camp, and many of them have expressed their willingness to come forward.”

Prior to Bae’s apology, a post titled “Bae’s abuse and life after” was recently uploaded to a portal. “The moment I was hit by the bat, I was in so much pain that I appealed to the perpetrator to take a look at me once, but instead, he mercilessly punched me in the face with his fist, knocked me to the ground so hard that I couldn’t breathe, stomped and beat me several times, and then made me lie down again and hit me with the bat for two more times,” the writer wrote.

While the details of the batting match the placement’s apology, the complainant’s account adds what happened afterward.

According to KT Baseball, the trigger was an email from Mr. A, a complainant about the assault in 2012, which arrived at the team on May 15. In his email, Mr. A said he wanted to talk about the abuse through a third party, not the team, and demanded an apology and financial compensation from the team.

In response, the head of KT’s operations team and the club’s counsel met with A in person. “When A asked for an apology and compensation, we asked him, ‘What kind of apology do you want,’ and he asked for a settlement of 20 million won. After hearing this, the squad admitted to the fact that they were a training group and tried to apologize to A directly, but A kept raising the amount of the settlement. Later, he asked for half of his annual salary (170 million won). There was also a time when he showed up with an acquaintance and demanded 170 million won.”

The situation took a new turn when Mr. A offered a settlement of more than 10 times the initial offer. “The team refused to settle, saying that the meaning of the apology had faded, and then Mr. A reduced the offer to 130 million won and gave an ultimatum that there would be no further settlement,” said a KT official. The club has now entrusted the case to the agent of the placement team.”

In the process of contacting Mr. A, KT reached out to his teammates and classmates at Seongnam High School to gather facts. Many of them remembered the incident accurately from 11 years ago, and they were able to confirm the facts. The key points of the confirmation were that the team had apologized to the juniors for the stunt, as per the team’s social media apology, and that they had been getting along well since then without any harassment.

The team got off to a slow start this year when SSG Lee Kun-wook fractured the back of his hand in the sand dunes during an exhibition game, and although he recovered in mid-May after rehabilitation, his enrollment in the first team was delayed due to Mr. A’s untimely revelation of abuse and demand for settlement money. Despite being in good physical condition, he reportedly spent about a month in the second team to verify the facts and fulfill Mr. A’s settlement demand. 안전놀이터

Although the statute of limitations has already expired and the case is not subject to discipline by the KBO, the team has expressed “sincere remorse and regret for uncritically accepting the bad practices that have been passed down in the athletic department. Initially, we tried to respond to the poster’s request for an apology and compensation as much as possible, but we were unable to reach an agreement, and we plan to contact the party through an agent in the future,” the team apologized again.

Meanwhile, Bae Joo-dae made his regular start against Doosan in Jamsil on April 17, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs to lead the team to its fifth straight win. Manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “We are not in a position to take measures such as excluding him from the roster. I understand that the KBO also responded to the informant who claimed school violence, saying that it was not a matter that could be subject to disciplinary action,” Lee said.


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