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Head of FBI’s L.A. Office Quietly Reassigned After Ethics Violations at Dodgers Stadium

Dodger Stadium (deposit photo)

By Steve Neavling

The FBI’s top official in Los Angeles has been quietly reassigned after an Inspector’s General’s report found he and other top bureau officials violated ethics requirements by holding a sensitive meeting at a 2018 Los Angels Dodgers playoff game.

Politoco reports that Paul Delacourt, who at the time was the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, was reassigned to FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. in recent weeks.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office found that eight FBI officials discussed sensitive intelligence matters while “surrounded” by fans at other tables at the exclusive Stadium Club overseeing the baseball field. Seven of them also dined at the buffet without paying for the food in violation of the bureau’s gift policies. Using the exclusive club also violated the bureau’s gift policies, the IG found.

“The officials held an executive management meeting at the table, discussed sensitive law enforcement information during the executive management meeting, and ate food from a buffet in the club that had a market value of more than $60 per person,” the OIG said in July.

According to the bureau’s website, the chief of San Francisco office, John Bennett, is serving as the acting head of the L.A. office.

5 Senior FBI Officials Violated Gift Policies by Attending Playoff Baseball Game, DOJ Watchdog Concludes

By Steve Neavling

Five senior FBI officials who attended a Los Angeles Dodgers playoff following a security briefing violated the bureau’s gift policies, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General concluded.

The officials took up an offer to watch the game after the meeting had ended on October 15, 2018, The Hill reports.

“The officials held an executive management meeting at the table, discussed sensitive law enforcement information during the executive management meeting, and ate food from a buffet in the club that had a market value of more than $60 per person,” the OIG said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We found that two of the five FBI senior officials were primarily responsible for these violations. The OIG additionally concluded that one of the FBI senior officials violated FBI policy by consuming alcohol while on duty at the sporting event,” the watchdog added.

A more senior official who was found to be “primarily responsible” for the violations has been reassigned.

At the time, the FBI was investigating whether the team had bribed foreign officials in an attempt to smuggle players from Cuba.

Could FBI Investigation of Fantasy Sports Extend to MLB Team Owners, Executives?

On The ShelfBy Steve Neavling

The FBI’s investigation into a popular daily fantasy sports operator could extend to team owners and executives of Major League Baseball, Forbes reports. 

The investigation involve DraftKings, which has a “special business relationship” with MLB, according to Forbes.

Forbes writes:

Although rarely discussed, the story behind DraftKings’ rapid rise to prominence is inextricably intertwined with its financial relationship with Major League Baseball.

Indeed, DraftKings was a relatively small company with only $1.4 million in seed capital when 34-year old C.E.O. Jason Robins was able to land a meeting through a mutual contact with Robert Bowman and Kenny Gersh from MLB Advanced Media.  After that April 2013 meeting, everything changed for both enterprises.

FBI Struggles to identify culprit in Houston Astros’ Hacking Case

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is accusing the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office of illegally gaining access to another team’s computer to steal information about players and potential trades.

But there’s one problem, the New York Times reports: Agents are having trouble determining who specifically did the deed.

The investigation has narrowed in on a group of Cardinals employees whose expertise is statistics and computer programming.

According to the Times, at least four employees of baseball operations for the Cardinals have hired defense lawyers.

Agents have determined that the digital intruders had access to a computer near the team’s complex in Jupiter, Fla.

FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals for Allegedly Hacking into Astros’ Network

By Steve Neavling 

The St. Louis Cardinals are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly hacking the computer network of the Houston Astros to steal player information, The Washington Post reports.

A federal law enforcement official said the investigation is “ongoing” and that there is “a lot of working going into” it.

It would be the first corporate espionage case involving a sports team accused of hacking the network of another team.

Federal officials said a person commits a crime when he or she intrudes on another person’s computer without authorization or permission.

Investigators said they have uncovered evidence that shows Cardinals officials hacked the Astros’ database and accessed information on scouting and potential trades.

Major League Baseball said it “has fully cooperated.”

“Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly,” the official said.

Former Baseball Star Chipper Jones Claimed Sandy Hook Shooting Was a Hoax

By Steve Neavling

The horrific Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 20 children and six staff members was a hoax?

So claimed former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones in an odd tweet that suggested the FBI confirmed the shooting was not real, Huffington Post reports.

The next day, on Saturday, Jones apologized, saying he misunderstood what happened.

“My apologies for my Sandy Hook tweet yest. I had heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching.

He added: “It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended.”

Ex-Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling’s Son Alarms Passengers, TSA with Fake Grenade

By Steve Neavling

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s son caused quite a scare at Logan International Airport on Saturday when his 12-year-old son told federal agents he had a fake grenade in his bag, MassLive reports.

“I think I left (a) fake grenade in my bag!” his son said.

Schilling tweeted that the bomb squad responded and alarmed passengers. But before long, the TSA let the former baseball star and his son board their flight.

“TSA could not have been cooler once they realized what was happening,” Schilling tweeted.

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Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez Told DEA He Used Banned Performance Enhancing Drugs

By Steve Neavling

Just two weeks after New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez issued a statement in which he adamantly denied using performance enhancing drugs, the baseball player admitted to the DEA and prosecutors that he had in fact used the ban substances, the Washington Post reports.

“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” Rodriguez said in a statement in January.

But in a meeting with the DEA, Rodriguez said he obtained banned substances through Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Florida, the Post wrote.

In exchange for his sworn statement in the case against Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch and his suppliers, Rodriguez admitted he took the substances.

According to records of the meeting, Rodriguez took responsibility.

According to a written “report of investigation,” Rodriguez admitted paying Bosch for supplies of testosterone cream, lozenges laced with testosterone (aka “gummies”) and human growth hormone injections.

“Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach,” the DEA report stated. “Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery.”

Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer “tips on how to beat MLB’s drug testing,” according to the DEA report.

The secret? According to Rodriguez, “Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream.”

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