FBI, Bowden meet
It's a newsy night, so I'm just going to post here the top of a straight news story I'm writing for tomorrow's paper.
By Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Washington Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden and one of his assistants met recently in person with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a probe examining the illegal signing practices of international players, especially those from the Dominican Republic, Bowden said tonight.
Bowden, according to a report from ESPN.com, citing unnamed sources, is the highest-ranking baseball official yet involved in the investigation, which is examining the skimming of bonus money allotted for Dominican prospects. Bowden denied any wrongdoing or involvement in illegal activity -- on his part or his team's part.
Jose Rijo, an assistant general manager and the director of Washington's involvement in the Dominican Republic, has also spoken with the FBI and could not be reached for comment. He had said last Thursday that "we better be innocent [of wrongdoing]."
Asked if he had any knowledge of or involvement with money skimming within the Washington organization, Bowden said, "No. Absolutely not."
"There's no wrongdoing. We've met with FBI investigators. There are many people throughout baseball that are going to be talking with the FBI and major league baseball trying to help get all the information out there for the problems that exist over there. We're there to help. But at no time when I met with the FBI were the questions involving around myself or Jose Rijo."
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