Epstein: 2005 departure 'due to internal conflict'


Epstein: 2005 departure 'due to internal conflict'

Theo Epstein is now the former Red Sox general manager after leaving for the Cubs during the offseason, but this wasn't the first time Theo left the Red Sox organization.

After the 2005 season, Epstein left the organization for a three month period. At an event at Sacred Heart University, the former Red Sox general manager addressed his previous departure from the team claiming there was a 'conflict of interests' within the organization.

"That was a time conflict of what organization stood for. I didnt agree with the values the ownership had of running Red Sox." said Epstein, "You have to be all in when youre a general manager. You use up a lot of energy and sacrifice your personal life. If youre not all in, you cant do it. . . Due to an internal conflict, I didnt like what the organization came to stand for. There were a lot of internal politics. I didnt want to sign a long-term contract with an organization that I didnt stand for their values. I said no thanks and took some time away. The owner got more involved and we discussed what we wanted the organization to stand for. We talked through the process, the values and we got on same page and it was great. In hindsight I could have accomplished same thing without leaving, but at the same time I am glad I did what I did."

Epstein also commented on his new job with the Cubs as a 'great new challenge' and it was a much needed change.

"I tend to get a little bit restless in places. I believe in change, rebirth and new challenges."

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships. 

“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”

Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows: 

"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."

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