BALTIMORE -- Adrian Gonazalez told WEEI.com that the characterization of him in a Yahoo! Sports story involving a meeting between players and management in July about manager Bobby Valentine wasn't accurate.
"The source is inaccurate," Gonzalez said. "He says that I was animated and one of the most vocal guys in the meeting and that's false. If somebody's going to try to be an unnamed source, they better be right with what they say, because this is putting our integrity and everyone about us out there and that's just unfair."
He continued, "Just like every story around here there's parts that are true and parts that are false. I think that's wrong for the fans to get half of a story, half of a truth. Our focus has been to go out and play ball and just worry about baseball. Things come up like this that we have to respond to, but or focus is just to play ball."
Gonzalez said it was owner John Henry who organized the meeting and that he also spoke with Valentine.
"[Valentine] knows exactly what happened. He knows the truth," Gonzalez said. "This happened a month ago and so that's all been cleared. Somebody decides to write about it. It's already old."
Asked if the communication between the players and the manager had been improving, Gonzalez said that it had and added, "I've said this to John Henry. I've said this to Ben Cherington and I've said this to Bobby. I think he's a good manager. Nobody faults him for losing and that's unfair."
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