Former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods says that Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick threatened him via email prior to his firing from Phoenix law firm Gallagher & Kennedy after Woods criticized Kendrick on Twitter. Woods provided The Athletic with an email he received from Kendrick.
In the email, which was copied to G&K managing partner Dean Short and board member Tim Brown, Kendrick called Woods “an arrogant asshole” and said that if the firm’s namesake, Mike Kennedy, “were still with us, he would kick you out of the firm.” He wrote that Woods “should expect a very unfortunate outcome” if their paths ever were to cross.
Woods received the email on June 19, two days after the Diamondbacks set the modern-day record for consecutive road losses. That milestone led Woods, who is a Diamondbacks season ticket holder, to send a tweet that suggested Kendrick “sell the team to someone who cares.”
Later on June 19, Woods said Short emailed him to express his disappointment, noting that the firm has represented the Diamondbacks in various matters over the years. (Woods said he has never personally represented the Diamondbacks in any matter.)
Not long thereafter, Short emailed to say that the situation was “irreparable and we’re going to have to part ways,” Woods said. That put an end to his time at the firm, which he joined as a partner on an at-will basis a year and a half ago, Woods said.
Through a team spokesperson, Kendrick declined to comment. When reached by The Athletic via email, Short denied that G&K was pressured by Kendrick to fire Woods.
“The tweet by Grant Woods disparaging one of the firm’s most valued clients was the catalyst for Grant’s dismissal from the firm,” Short wrote. “Ken Kendrick’s reaction to the tweet had no bearing on the decision to terminate Grant. Further, at no time did Mr. Kendrick or anyone else at the Diamondbacks request, or even suggest, to me or anyone else at Gallagher & Kennedy that Grant be terminated.”
Read more about how the situation unfolded from Zach Buchanan in the Go Deeper section below.