After a long, difficult process, it appears as though the MLB has made a decision on Trevor Bauer. And to say that it’s a harsh one would be an understatement.
Although Bauer has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault, that didn’t seem to affect Major League Baseball’s decision, as it was announced today that they had suspended Bauer for 324 games, which amounts to two full MLB seasons.
Here is a statement from the MLB regarding the suspension, via their website:
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced on Friday that following an extensive investigation by MLB’s Department of Investigations, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has received a suspension for 324 championship season games (representing two full seasons) without pay, effective today, for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
In accordance with the terms of the Policy, the Commissioner’s Office will not issue any further statements at this point in time.
Last summer, it was announced that the Pasadena Police Department had opened an investigation after Bauer was accused of sexually assaulting a woman on two separate occasions. The woman claims Bauer had choked her unconscious, punched her, and engaged in sodomy against her will. Bauer vehemently denied the allegations, claiming the “rough sex” was consensual and that both encounters ended with the couple laughing and spending the night together.
Bauer has since released a statement following the league’s decision to suspend him. In his statement, he reveals his intention to appeal the MLB’s suspension.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has announced that they would not be pursuing criminal charges against Bauer due to insufficient evidence.
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