On the 31st, Nippon Ham Fighter’s team president Koji Kawamura noted on the official website: “I am deeply sorry for the disappointment that I have caused to everyone, and I am deeply sorry for the disappointment that I have caused to everyone.”
On August 4th, Sho Nakata physically assaulted his teammate before the game. As a result, the team gave him suspensions to games at all levels on the 11th without the number of suspensions being cleared. On the 20th, it was announced that Sho got traded to the Yomiuri Giants and had a press conference at Giants stadium. During the trade, there wasn’t any news or comments coming from the Fighters’ side.
The team explained, “Following general practice at the time of the trade, we refrained from meeting before the transfer.” On the other hand, given that the suspension was lifted due to the transfer, he admitted that “We should have provided an opportunity to apologize and explain to everyone before letting go Sho Nakata”.