Red Sox officials respond to James' comments

Red Sox officials respond to James' comments

Red Sox officials respond to James' comments
BOSTON -- Red Sox management spoke out Monday against comments Bill James made in regard to the Penn State football scandal.

James, a senior advisor for baseball operations for the Sox since November 2002 and one of the grandfathers of sabermetrics, publicly questioned the culpability of the late Joe Paterno in the cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's crimes.

Red Sox owner John Henry and general manager Ben Cherington called James on Monday afternoon, a team statement said.

"In that call, Mr. James was informed that his comments in no way reflect the opinions or positions of the Red Sox," the statement said. "And, because he is perceived as a representative of the Red Sox, he was asked to refrain from any further public comments on this matter."

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.