Kim Ha-sung, 28, has finally pulled out of the ceremony. It was the last award ceremony celebrating South Korea’s first Major League Baseball Gold Glove winner, but he didn’t show up.
On Aug. 8, Ilgoo held the ‘2023 Nutriday Ilgoo Award’ ceremony at the Rivera Hotel Versailles in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
The organization honored Kim Ha Sung as the recipient of the Special Achievement Award.
This season was a banner year for Kim, who had a career-high season, batting .260 with 17 home runs, 60 RBIs, and 38 stolen bases in 152 games.
Kim, who set the record for most stolen bases in a single season by a Korean major leaguer, shined on defense. In addition to his primary position at second base, he also played shortstop and third base, showing off his impeccable defense. His value as a utility player earned him the National League Gold Glove for utility players. It’s a record. Not only was he the first Korean to win the glove, but also the first Asian infielder.
And the gold came home with him. Since returning home in October, Kim has been busy holding press conferences, appearing on television, and attending awards ceremonies.
However, there was a setback. Recently, an assault allegation surfaced.
The incident happened two years ago. Kim got into an argument with Lim Hye-dong, a junior player at Kiwoom, over drinks, and the junior player demanded a settlement for the assault. Kim paid a substantial settlement, but Lim continued to demand money, and Kim sued him.
Kim’s agency, Summit Management, released a statement on July 7, saying, “As reported, Kim Ha-seong has been subjected to continuous blackmail and threats from a junior player. He filed a complaint, and as of yesterday (June 6), he appeared at the police station and completed the investigation of the complainant.”
Then came Lim Hye-dong, who claimed to have been “repeatedly assaulted”. He made the claim on a YouTube channel on the afternoon of the 7th.
The two sides have been at loggerheads, leading to a battle for truth.
After much deliberation, Kim Hae-sung decided not to attend the ceremony. An official from the ceremony explained, “He was thinking about it until this morning, and then he announced his absence.” The Ilgukhoe Awards is the last award ceremony for overseas fans. Only the Golden Globe Awards, organized by the KBO, remains. For Kim Ha-sung, it will be his last official appearance, but he will not be able to attend.토토사이트
Kim’s absence caused a bit of a hiccup in the proceedings. When Jung Geun-woo, who was to present the award, tried to take the podium, the hosts stopped him. They only announced the winner, Kim Ha-sung, and then moved on to other awards.
As he walked up and down the podium, the hosts asked for his understanding and allowed him to return to the stage. Although he didn’t receive the award, Jung left with a message of support, saying, “I won the Gold Glove this season as a utility player, but I hope to win it as a shortstop next year.”
He was also disappointed that his meeting with Eunsa was canceled. On the same day, Seongnam Daewon Middle School coach Park Gun-soo received the Ama Leader Award, and Eun-sa coached Kim Ha-seong at Bucheon Middle School.
Park applauded Kim’s performance, saying, “I’m so proud and honored,” as Kim was unable to attend.
After the ceremony, Kim’s camp released an official statement. “It is completely untrue that Kim Ha-sung unilaterally and repeatedly assaulted the other player,” said Kim’s legal representative, Choi Sun Law Firm, “The other player should file a formal complaint if his allegations are true. Kim Ha Sung will sincerely declare his innocence, and we will thoroughly hold him accountable for any false accusations,” he said.
Coming off his happiest season yet, Kim was expected to end the year with much celebration. However, he is facing a bleak end to the year with the reef of the assault truth battles.