Major League Baseball announces a 324-game suspension for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday, the opposite of two full seasons, making it the most serious punishment under the sport’s domestic violence policy.
Bauer promptly released a statement announcing he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to appeal the MLB’s domestic violence policy.
“In the strongest possible terms, I refuse to commit any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy,” Bauer’s statement readGeneral Chat Chat Lounge I am appealing to this action and expect it to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings. “
Bauer, 31, is accused of sexual assault by a San Diego woman who requested a restraining order and accused him of taking rough sex too far over the course of two encounters last April and May. An LA judge denied the woman a permanent restraining order in August, and the LA County District Attorney’s Office declined to file criminal charges in February.
Bauer joined the Dodgers on a three-year, $ 102 million contract in February 2021, winning the Heels of the National League Cy Young Award during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. He spent the last 81 regular-season games on the administrative league, plus an additional 18 to begin the 2022 season. But his 324-game suspension doesn’t begin until Friday, meaning he doesn’t get credit for serving past time.
Bauer’s suspension, if it holds through the appeal process, will last until the 19th game of the 2024 season, by which point his three-year contract with the Dodgers will expire. The Dodgers won’t be paying Bauer while he’s suspended.
The MLB announced a suspension with a brief statement that did not provide details of its findings, adding: “In conformity with the terms of the policy, the Commissioner’s office will not issue any further statements at this point in time.”
The Dodgers, who are home against the Detroit Tigers this week, released the following statement:
“Today we are aware that the MLB has concluded its investigation into allegations that have been made against Trevor Bauer, and the Commissioner has issued his decision regarding the discipline. The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this nature very seriously and does not condone or excuse any action. We have cooperated fully with MLB’s investigation since it began, and we fully support MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy, and the Commissioner’s enforcement policy. We understand that Trevor has Right to appeal the Commissioner’s decision. Therefore, we will not comment until the process is complete. “
Bauer is the 16th player suspended since August 2015 when Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association unveiled their joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy, which grants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred the autonomy to suspend players under “just cause.” Those suspensions – not counting that of former reliever Felipe Vazquez, who is serving a jail sentence for sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl – have ranged from 15 to 162 games and were the result of negotiated settlements in which players waived. Their right to appeal.
Bauer last pitched on June 28 of last year. The following day, a then-27-year-old woman filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order in which she filed detailed allegations that Bauer assaulted her over the course of two sexual encounters at his Pasadena, California, home in April and May. In her declaration, the woman – whom ESPN has chosen not to name – stated that Bauer took consensual rough sex too far, alleging that he choked her unconscious on multiple occasions, repeatedly scratched and punched her whole body, sodomized her without consent. and left her with injuries that warrant a trip to the emergency room.
Bauer and his attorneys, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, firmly denied the accusations throughout, calling them “fraudulent” and “baseless” in an introductory statement.
Bauer was placed on administrative leave – a means by which players are paid their full salaries but are not allowed around major league facilities while investigations are ongoing – on July 2. Five days later, the Dodgers canceled Bauer’s scheduled bobblehead night and removed. His merchandise from its stores, stating that the team “did not feel it was appropriate while investigations continued.”
At the conclusion of a four-day hearing on Aug. 19, LA Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman dissolved the temporary restraining order, ruling that Bauer did not pose a continual threat to the woman and that her injuries were not the result of anything she objected to before or during the encounter, pointing to texts from the woman in which she asked to be choked out.
The judge said the “injuries as shown in the photographs are terrible,” but added: “If she had set limits and he exceeded them, this case would have been clear. But she did not set the limits without all the consequences, and did not respond. exceeded the limits that the petitioner set. “
Days before the start of that hearing, The Washington Post published a story about a second woman, from Ohio, who sought a temporary restraining order against Bauer in June 2020 and also accused her of assault. The woman dismissed the order six weeks later, after Bauer’s attorneys threatened legal action, according to the report. The Post story includes photographs showing injuries that were allegedly caused by Bauer, as well as threatening messages, one in which Bauer allegedly replied: “I don’t feel like spending time in jail for killing someone. And that would have happened if I saw it. you again. “
Bauer’s attorneys called the physical abuse of the woman’s allegations “categorically false” and questioned the validity of the photos and messages.
The Pasadena Police Department concludes its investigation of Bauer’s incident with a San Diego woman on Aug. 27, sending the case to the LA County District Attorney’s Office, which spent the next five months reviewing the case before declaring it on Feb. 8 that it would not pursue criminal charges. The District Attorney’s Office considers assault and denial of assault charges to produce great bodily injury and sodomy during an unconscious person’s first sexual encounter between Bauer and the woman on April 22 and domestic violence during the second sexual encounter on May 16.
As part of its declination, the District Attorney’s Office posted: “After a thorough review of all available evidence, including the civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and physical evidence, people are unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt a reasonable doubt. . “
Bauer promptly released a seven-minute video on YouTube in which he outlined the events of his version, saying at one point: “I never punched this woman in the face. I never punched her in the vagina. I never scratched her face. I never had anal sex with her, or sodomized her in any way. I never assaulted her in any way, at any time, and while we did consensual rough sex, the disturbing acts and conduct that she described simply did not occur. “
The woman, who provided photographs and medical records as part of her domestic violence restraining order declaration, claimed she woke up the morning after the second sexual encounter with two black eyes, a swollen jaw and cheekbones, dark red scratches on the right side of her. Cheeks on her face, bruised gums, a lump on the side of her head, a split upper lip, black bruising over her vagina and multiple bruises.
Over the past two months, while MLB continued its investigation, Bauer’s attorneys filed two media companies against defamation lawsuits, claiming that Deadspin knowingly published false information in its sexual assault allegations and that The Athletic led “a campaign to maliciously target and harass. “Bauer.
Bauer’s lawyers also subpoenaed the Pasadena Police Department from missing phone records from his accuser, claiming a court filing that “the requested materials will further reveal Petitioner’s plan to ruin Respondent’s reputation and career and earn a large paycheck by making false and misleading allegations. her Petition. “
But Gould-Saltman ruled in an April 4 hearing that Bauer would not privately file the phone records, stating that his attorneys did not file a proper motion and that he would have been nonetheless skeptical of an argument that the records would have helped them show up. The woman misled the legal process and must pay his attorneys’ fees.
On Monday, Bauer’s attorneys filed a defamation and tortious interference lawsuit against the woman in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The suit claims she “fabricated allegations of sexual assault,” “pursued bogus criminal and civil actions,” “made false and malicious statements” and “generated a media blitz based on her lies” in an attempt to “destroy” Bauer’s reputation, ” garner attention for yourself “and” extract millions of dollars. “
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