A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower.
CSE Talent, the agency headed by Lonnie Cooper, said in a statement Wednesday that it had fired Jason Wood, who had headed its baseball division since last April.
According to several reports, Wood would invite players to stay at his home during the offseason and while there would film them in the shower.
His clients list included Andrew Benintendi, Jake Odorizzi, David Phelps, Matt Reynolds, Ryne Stanek and a number of top prospects, Colorado’s Riley Pint and Atlanta’s Joey Wentz among them.
FanRag Sports reported a player, whom it did not identify, discovered the camera while using a shower at Wood’s home and firing him after confronting him.
Other players who were formerly represented by Wood are apparently following suit, resulting in a "feeding frenzy" among agents trying to recruit his former clients, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday.
Big leaguers Jake Odorizzi, David Phelps, Ryne Stanek and Cody Asche and prospects Mitch Keller and Riley Pint are among the other players who've been represented by Jason Wood. One source says there's currently a "feeding frenzy'' over Wood's clients. https://t.co/zlTVvsBvFF— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) 10 de enero de 2018
Benintendi was not involved in the allegations against Wood, according to a source of Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston.
“For over 32 years, CSE Talent has prided itself on our moral and ethical standards and have built a solid reputation within the industry. We take pride in working with people who represent these values. It’s unfortunate that CSE Talent aligned itself with someone who didn’t uphold these same standards, and therefore we chose to terminate with cause Wood’s employment.”
- CSE President Danny Martoe
Wood was suspended Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, which was informed of the allegation earlier in the day by CSE. The union, which certifies agents, said it will give Wood a chance to respond.
“The allegations that have surfaced today are absurd and untrue. Over the past 13 years I have worked tirelessly to build a successful agency through integrity and hard work. I am disappointed that there are those who have chosen to spread some irresponsible and harmful rumors.”
Wood did not respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment and did not answer his cellphone.
Martoe and General Counsel Brian Roof will head the baseball division, CSE said.
Major League Baseball declined comment.