From CBS Sports:
Friday afternoon Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued the following statement:
A Korean news outlet has reported on a purported development in Jung Ho Kang’s effort to secure permission to travel to the United States for purposes of continuing his career as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and added speculation regarding a driving incident in a “third country.”
The facts, as we know them, are that Kang still has not been granted permission to travel to the United States under a work visa. We continue to work with Kang and his representatives to present materials and information to the appropriate parties in the United States government that we believe establish that Kang should be permitted to travel to the United States under a work visa and we remain hopeful that such a resolution will be reached in the near future.
We have no indication that Jung Ho has had a driving incident in a country other than Korea.
Kang, who has been arrested three times for DUI in South Korea over the years,, though the sentence was suspended two years. That means Kang could avoid prison time entirely if he stays out of trouble the next two years.