Trevor Bauer suspended for alleged sexual assault

ILos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer received an unprecedented two-season suspension without pay Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy, a charge he has denied. He vowed to overturn discipline in front of a referee.

The 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner was placed on administrative leave last July 2 under the policy. The license was originally set for seven days, was extended 13 times, and was supposed to expire on Friday.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline, which covers 324 unpaid games and, if maintained, would cost the 31-year-old just over $60 million from a three-year, $102 million contract that began last year. .

Bauer vowed to challenge the suspension before baseball’s independent umpire Martin Scheinman, who must decide whether Manfred had just cause for discipline under the domestic violence policy agreed in 2015.

A San Diego woman, whom the pitcher met through social media, alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She later searched but was denied a restraining order. Los Angeles prosecutors said in February that there was not enough evidence to prove the woman’s allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer, who hasn’t played since the allegations surfaced and MLB began investigating, has repeatedly said that everything that happened between the two was consensual.

“In the strongest possible terms, I deny having committed any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy,” he said Friday in a statement. “I am appealing this action and hope to prevail. As we have done throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the process.”

Among the 15 players previously disciplined under the policy, the longest suspension was a full season and postseason for pitcher Sam Dyson in 2021. None of the players previously disciplined under the policy appear to have challenged the penalty before an umpire.

Bauer was paid while on administrative leave, a total salary of $28 million last season and the first 22 days of a salary of $32 million this season. He is expected to lose $60,131,868: $28,131,868 this year and $32 million from 2023.

Earlier this week, Bauer sued his accuser in federal court, a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against the pitcher. Bauer named the woman and one of her attorneys, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, as defendants in the lawsuit. The Associated Press does not normally identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

The suit said “the harm to Mr Bauer was extreme” after the woman alleged he strangled her unconscious, punched her several times and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters last year. .

The pitcher said the two engaged in rough sex at her home in Pasadena at her suggestion and followed guidelines they agreed to in advance. Each date ended with them playing and her spending the night, he said.

MLB announced the suspension in a brief statement that did not provide details of the findings of its investigation, adding: “Per the terms of the policy, the commissioner’s office will not issue further statements at this time.”

The Washington Post ran a story on Friday in which a woman from Columbus, Ohio, said that Bauer crossed the line during sex in 2013 and 2014. The woman, who was not identified, said the sex was consensual but that “things happened outside of my consent”. ” during intercourse, the Post reported.

The woman said Bauer suffocated her dozens of times during sex. Once, after she regained consciousness, she said that Bauer was having anal sex without her consent.

Bauer said in a statement sent by his representatives that he had a “casual and fully consensual sexual relationship from 2013 to 2018” with the woman, which began when he was pitching for the Triple-A team in Columbus.

“None of our meetings involved a single non-consensual, let alone illegal act,” Bauer said. “Actually, she was the one who introduced me to choking, both in our relationship and as a consensual act during sex. The incidents she detailed to the Washington Post – and specifically the one involving non-consensual asphyxiation in which she claims to have convulsed and woken up on the floor of a hotel – absolutely never occurred, by any means.”

After winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to join his hometown of Dodgers. He did not pitch after June 29 and finished with an 8-2 record and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances. He received his salary of $28 million last year.

Los Angeles declined to comment until the arbitration process is complete.

“The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this nature very seriously and does not condone or condone any acts of domestic violence or sexual assault,” the team’s statement said. “We have fully cooperated with the MLB investigation from the beginning and we fully support MLB policy and enforcement.”


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