NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was suspended Friday for 2 full seasons with out pay by Main League Baseball for violating the league’s home violence and sexual assault coverage, which he denies.
Bauer’s prolonged suspension comes after a San Diego girl, whom the pitcher had met by means of social media, alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her final yr. Los Angeles prosecutors mentioned in February there was inadequate proof to show the girl’s accusations past an inexpensive doubt.
“Within the strongest attainable phrases, I deny committing any violation of the league’s home violence and sexual assault coverage,” Bauer mentioned Friday in an announcement. “I’m interesting this motion and anticipate to prevail. As we now have all through this course of, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”
If the suspension is upheld, Bauer will lose about $60 million in wage.
Bauer earlier this week sued his accuser in federal courtroom, a transfer that got here lower than three months after prosecutors determined to not file legal fees towards the pitcher.
Bauer named the girl and one among her attorneys, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, as defendants within the lawsuit. The Related Press doesn’t sometimes establish individuals who say they’ve been victims of sexual assault.
The pitcher was positioned on administrative go away final July 2 beneath the joint home violence and sexual assault coverage of MLB and the gamers’ affiliation. The go away has been repeatedly prolonged.
Bauer has continued to be paid his $32 million wage whereas on go away.
After profitable his first Cy Younger Award with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to hitch his hometown Dodgers. He didn’t pitch after June 29 and completed with an 8-2 file and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances. He was paid his $28 million wage final yr.
“The Dodgers group takes all allegations of this nature very severely and doesn’t condone or excuse any acts of home violence or sexual assault,” the crew’s assertion mentioned. “We’ve cooperated totally with MLB’s investigation because it started, and we totally assist MLB’s Joint Home Violence, Sexual Assault, and Little one Abuse Coverage, and the Commissioner’s enforcement of the Coverage. We perceive that Trevor has the suitable to enchantment the Commissioner’s choice. Subsequently, we is not going to remark additional till the method is full.”
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