In an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub on Friday afternoon, Red Sox owner John Henry denied any ownership involvement in the Boston Globe story published Wednesday, which cited sources concerned whether Terry Francona's use of pain medication affected the way he managed the ball club this season.
"The author of the story has gone on the record as saying we did not participate in that," Henry told Felger and Massarotti Friday afternoon.
Numerous former Red Sox players, including Nomar Garciaparra and Curt Schilling, have said ownership was likely involved in the story. But Henry was listening to 98.5 when the subject came up, and decided to drive straight to the station for an interview.
During the interview, he said he was upset the information about Francona was published and denied any part in the story.
"We didn't. That's one of things you've been discussing that I'm trying to answer but thankfully the author of the article is answering because he thinks it's wrong," said Henry. "It's just... it's unfortunate."
"It's reprehensible that was written about in the first place," said Henry. "If it's someone within the team, and that's what it says in the newspaper, I'm upset about it. And I've been upset about it."
"First of all, it seems like there is nothing that doesn't get out in sports. One of the first things I learned when I came here, Larry said ‘there are no secrets in baseball.' When it comes to who's giving person info from the Red Sox, you can't really go on a witch hunt and start accusing people," said Henry.
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