Disgraced Baseballer Kang Jung-ho Drops Bid to Return to Korean League

  • By Song Won-hyung

    June 30, 2020 10:37

    Kang Jung-ho

    Former Pittsburgh Pirates player Kang Jung-ho has given up on his bid to return to the Korean baseball league.

    Kang on Monday posted a message on his social media saying he had thought deeply about the issue after his recent press conference and informed the Kiwoom Heroes that he decided to withdraw his request to return.

    "I realized again that my mistake was too serious to ask for forgiveness from fans," he wrote. "It was too much to ask for a chance to show that I've changed and play for the Heroes. I learned too late that I have become a burden on baseball fans, the league, the club and my fellow players."

    He also offered his apologies to everyone who was hurt during his search for a comeback opportunity.

    "I haven't yet decided what to do next," he wrote. "I will do my best to become a better person, taking care of my family and neighbors. I will try to be a man who can contribute to society through community service."

    Last week Kang held a press conference to apologize for his past wrongdoings, only to face a cold reaction from baseball fans, as it came too late. He was caught driving under the influence in Seoul in December 2016, and during a police investigation his two earlier DUI convictions from 2009 and 2011 belatedly became known. As a result, he was given a two-year suspended sentence in May 2017. 

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