SSG Choo Shin-soo’s ‘Hot Potato’ is arousing great criticism from fans for his bold remarks that he should give a chance to Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom), a suspect in school violence.
Choo Shin-soo appeared on a radio program in Dallas, Texas on the 21st (hereinafter Korean time) and expressed his opinion about An Woo-jin’s non-selection to the WBC national team.
Choo Shin-soo expressed his opinion about Ahn Woo-jin as follows. Choo Shin-soo said, “The same goes for Ahn Woo-jin. It is the job of Korean baseball to create opportunities for these players to shine in international competitions and go abroad. It is very regrettable,” he said. “I obviously did the wrong thing. It’s a pity to only hear it as a third person. He is a player with the talent to go abroad and become the next best player after Park Chan-ho.”
He also made a point about the baseball seniors who almost stood by the sidelines of the An Woo-jin situation. Choo Shin-soo said, “I play baseball in Korea, but there are so many things I don’t understand. It seems that forgiveness is not easy in Korea. People repented of their mistakes, were punished, were suspended, and did everything, but they couldn’t go to international competitions.”
When Shin-soo Choo’s remarks became known through the domestic media, fans all criticized Shin-soo Choo.
If you look at the fan comments of the 스포츠토토 general magazine that reported this article, the atmosphere is that ‘Ahn Woo-jin and Du-dun were wrong’ about Choo Shin-soo.
First of all, fans mentioned ‘academic violence’. One fan talked about the lives of victims of school violence, saying, “Victims are having a hard time with trauma that cannot be erased for the rest of their lives, but the perpetrators are living their daily lives as if nothing happened. This reality makes them collapse again.”
Another fan said, ‘Victims of school violence carry the trauma for life. If you don’t get it, you don’t know. Did your personality change when you were young? Don’t tease me lightly. Forgiveness isn’t something to say lightly. First, I politely apologize to the victim, and repentance comes first,” he criticized Ahn Woo-jin and Choo Shin-soo.
There was also a fan who dug into Choo Shin-soo’s past. That’s ‘Drunk Driving’. One fan said, ‘Choo Shin-soo drunk driving (murder), but he was forgiven and did well in his career as a player. He said, ‘Fortunately there were no casualties’.
Shin-soo Choo’s attitude was also a problem. Fans shouted, “Why does Shin-soo Choo, a third party, dare to say let’s not forgive?”
Also, there were fans who criticized Choo Shin-soo for giving the wrong signal to the public. He pointed out, “If a consensus is formed that if you have talent, you can commit abusive behavior and trample on others, the country will perish.”
Regarding Ahn Woo-jin, ‘Ahn Woo-jin has to show the appearance of doing good for others and reflecting himself to the extent that it seems excessive. He should do good until the fans say that’s enough. He spared no advice, saying, ‘I hope to do more good deeds in the future.
One fan even stated, “A society that takes for granted that money and talent trample on a person’s character will surely perish.”
Meanwhile, Ahn Woo-jin was selected for the national team due to school violence during Whimoon High School. However, the WBC is not the Korea Baseball Softball Association’s selection of players, but the authority of the KBO.
KBO did not include An Woo-jin in the final 30 entries, conscious of the negative public opinion related to Ahn Woo-jin’s abuse.