Top executives from baseball's St. Louis Cardinals said that anyone in the organization linked to a computer hacking scandal will be held accountable by the club. Cardinals CEO William O. Dewitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak both released statements Tuesday.
The New York Times was the first to report that both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice were investigating allegations that Cardinals personnel had stolen information from the "Ground Control" database of the Houston Astros, a rival club in Major League Baseball.
"These are serious allegations that don't reflect who we are as an organization. We are committed to getting to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible, and if anyone within our organization is determined to be involved in anything inappropriate, they will be held accountable,” Dewitt said in his statement.
Cardinals officials are reportedly working with a local law firm and the FBI, plus the team is conducting an internal investigation on the matter.
"The alleged conduct has no place in our game. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in every facet of our organization. It has been that way forever and is certainly true today. We are committed to finding out what happened. To the extent we can substantiate that these allegations have merit, we will take appropriate action against anyone involved," Mozeliak added in the statement.
The Cardinals did not deny any of the hacking allegations but the team officials said they are fully cooperating with the investigators and that they take the matter seriously.