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 lady, whom the pitcher had met by social media, alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her final yr. Los Angeles prosecutors stated in February there was inadequate proof to show the lady’s accusations past an affordable doubt.
“Within the strongest potential phrases, I deny committing any violation of the league’s home violence and sexual assault coverage,” Bauer stated Friday in an announcement. “I’m interesting this motion and count on to prevail. As now we 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 court docket, a transfer that got here lower than three months after prosecutors determined to not file prison fees in opposition to the pitcher.
Bauer named the lady and certainly one of 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 document 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 significantly and doesn’t condone or excuse any acts of home violence or sexual assault,” the staff’s assertion stated. “We’ve cooperated totally with MLB’s investigation because it started, and we totally help 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 correct to enchantment the Commissioner’s resolution. Due to this fact, we won’t remark additional till the method is full.”