Jason Wood, a 1995 graduate of Granite City High School and professional baseball agent, has been fired by his firm and suspended by the MLB Players Association for allegedly using hidden cameras on his clients.
Jeff Passan with Yahoo Sports first broke news of an investigation by the MLBPA. FanRags’ Robert Murray reported further that the investigation was started when an unidentified player discovered one of the hidden cameras in a shower.
Other players also allegedly were filmed, Murray and other sources have reported.
Wood responded to a Belleville News-Democrat request for comment with a text denying the allegations.
“The allegations that have surfaced today are absurd and untrue. Over the past 13 years I have worked tirelessly to build a successful agency through integrity and hard work. I am disappointed that there are those who have chosen to spread such irresponsible and harmful rumors.”
Wood was employed by Arland Sports in St. Louis before moving on to Atlanta-based Career Sports Entertainment as its president of baseball in April 2017.
According to his LinkedIn page, Wood has represented and advised MLB All-Stars, Gold Glove winners and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He also has represented several local athletes, including pitcher Tanner Houck, a graduate of Collinsville High School who last summer was taken in the first round of the amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox, and Highland’s Jake Odorizzi, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.
CSE confirmed Wood’s firing and provided the following statement:
“For over 32 years, CSE Talent has prided itself on our moral and ethical standards and have built a solid reputation within the industry. We take pride in working with people who represent these values,” Danny Martoe, president of CSE Talent, said in the statement.
“It’s unfortunate that CSE Talent aligned itself with someone who didn’t uphold these same standards and therefore we chose to terminate with cause Wood’s employment.”