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Epstein: 2005 departure 'due to internal conflict'

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Epstein: 2005 departure 'due to internal conflict'

Theo Epstein is now the former Red Sox general manager after leaving for the Cubs during the offseason, but this wasn't the first time Theo left the Red Sox organization.

After the 2005 season, Epstein left the organization for a three month period. At an event at Sacred Heart University, the former Red Sox general manager addressed his previous departure from the team claiming there was a 'conflict of interests' within the organization.

"That was a time conflict of what organization stood for. I didnt agree with the values the ownership had of running Red Sox." said Epstein, "You have to be all in when youre a general manager. You use up a lot of energy and sacrifice your personal life. If youre not all in, you cant do it. . . Due to an internal conflict, I didnt like what the organization came to stand for. There were a lot of internal politics. I didnt want to sign a long-term contract with an organization that I didnt stand for their values. I said no thanks and took some time away. The owner got more involved and we discussed what we wanted the organization to stand for. We talked through the process, the values and we got on same page and it was great. In hindsight I could have accomplished same thing without leaving, but at the same time I am glad I did what I did."

Epstein also commented on his new job with the Cubs as a 'great new challenge' and it was a much needed change.

"I tend to get a little bit restless in places. I believe in change, rebirth and new challenges."

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE