Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. has been in the middle of some controversy in the last couple of days after an Instagram Live interview with Yancen Pujols in which he, allegedly, said some things about former Braves legend and current Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Freddie Freeman.
The two players shared the same clubhouse and dugout from 2018, the year of Acuna’s debut, to 2021, Freeman’s last season with the Braves.
They apparently weren’t very close, according to Acuna.
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 7, 2022
Acuna said some Braves’ veterans, Freeman included, forced him to remove the big eye black and criticized the way he dressed and behaved as a rookie.
He said he didn’t say anything back out of respect, but one day, no one will tell him those things.
Acuna Won’t Miss Freeman
Asked about what he would miss about Freeman, Acuna said “nothing.”
The Braves outfielder later clarified his comments and said the whole story was taken out of proportion.
However, he maintains his stance: “What should I miss about someone who’s on another team?”
Freeman was classy in his initial response: “I’m going to miss Ronald. My family is going to miss Ronald. That’s my side of it. I love Ronald Acuña and I can’t wait for him to get healthy and get on the field. I think he’s great for the game of baseball.”
He is, however, ready to close the chapter, as the media gets more and more interested in the story.
“Freddie Freeman declined to answer further questions about Ronald Acuña Jr.’s comments, citing his interview with MLB Network yesterday. Said he hasn’t spoken with Acuña, but is ready to move on,” Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic tweeted on Friday.
Freddie Freeman declined to answer further questions about Ronald Acuña Jr.’s comments, citing his interview with MLB Network yesterday. Said he hasn’t spoken with Acuña, but is ready to move on.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 8, 2022
There won’t be any more comments on the issue, at least from Freeman.