Craig Kimbrel

Former Braves GM Coppolella apologizes for rule violations

Banned from baseball for life, former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella apologized Tuesday for rules violations that led to major sanctions against the team and "cost me my dream job and my future in the game that I love."

In his first public comments since losing his job in the midst of Major League Baseball's investigation, Coppolella sent out a five-paragraph statement to ESPN and other media outlets.

"I have been hesitant to speak publicly as my family and I have been devastated and embarrassed by the repercussions of my actions," he said. "I realize now that I need to address what happened and speak to those affected."