Former Red Sox star David Ortiz is caught up in some more illegal activity accusations. He faced PED accusations during his playing days.
The latest is in a book written by a former Red Sox security guard, who claims that a close friend named Monga used to get on games. The friend was eventually banned from the clubhous.
Via CBS Sports:
Former Red Sox security agent Eddie Dominguez has published a book titled “Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime” that serves as a tell-all for the cases that he purportedly encountered over almost two decades in baseball. These cases include performance-enhancing drugs, human trafficking and, yes, gambling.
According to Dominguez, a close friend of Ortiz’s known as “Monga” bet on baseball games regularly in 2005, including bets against the Red Sox. It became enough of a problem that Monga — a frequent guest in Boston’s clubhouse — was banned from the locker room, much to Ortiz’s displeasure.
Dominguez says he has no proof that Ortiz ever placed a bet through Monga, but said that the situation became serious enough to warrant a meeting between MLB security head Kevin Hallinan, Red Sox manager Terry Francona, Dominguez and Ortiz. Monga’s gambling ceased following that meeting.
Ortiz took to Instagram to deny the accusations. He issued the denial without even mentioning his alleged close friend, which is a little interesting.
I wasnt gonna comment on this episode but someone outta nowhere once again try to diminish my image just to sell a couple books…jus for some $$ in his pocket. MLB do a hell of a job letting us know as a player the importance of NOT betting on baseball…especially after pete rose. I have been a player that has been extremely blessed…not only with the love of the fans, but also with lots of $$$. And im SMART ENOUGH to not get caught in some BS like that….trust me!!! im doing this NOT because of u who wrote the book, im doin this for my fans to have peace of mind, cuz y’all deserve that. if i had been involved in anything related to gambling in 2005, my career wouldn’t have ended in 2016….MLB woulda gotten rid of me ASAP, cuz MLB don’t play that!!!! Ill leave this here…remember, you knock me down 10 time, I’ll learn how to get up 11. TRUST. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
There you have it. Nothing to see here. Ortiz clearly did nothing wrong because he said so.
As for his close friend who was allegedly banned, there’s not a denial of that. In fact, there’s no mention at all of it.