Agent Sues Doug Gottlieb for Libel Over Freddie Freeman Claim

Doug Gottlieb isn’t backing down.

Agent Casey Close sued Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb for libel Thursday, alleging that Gottlieb “falsely and recklessly” defamed Close and Excel Sports Management in a tweet that claimed they had not presented a contract offer to star first baseman Freddie Freeman during free agency, according to a complaint filed in a New York court.


On June 29th, Gottlieb tweeted: “Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer, that is why Freeman fired him” — an allegation the complaint says is false and has prompted death threats toward Close and tens of millions of dollars in damages to Close and Excel.

See Gottlieb’s tweet below:

In a statement, Close said: “Although we gave Mr. Gottlieb an opportunity to retract his false statement, he failed to do so. The Complaint sets the record straight as to what occurred during the negotiations with the Atlanta Braves.”

Gottlieb and his lawyer, John Tehranian, did not return messages from ESPN seeking comment.

You have to respect Gottlieb for sticking to his guns,  and of course not revealing his source.

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