Dodgers Bauer suspended for 2 seasons due to alleged sexual assault

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was handed an unprecedented two-season suspension without pay Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual harassment policy, a charge he denies. He vowed to reverse the discipline before an arbitrator.

The 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner was placed on administrative leave last July 2 as part of the policy. The holiday was originally scheduled for seven days, which was extended 13 times and was scheduled to end on Friday.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline, which includes 324 games without pay and if left in place, would cost the 31-year-old pitcher more than $60 million from $102 million, a three-year contract that last year. had begun.

Bauer vowed to challenge the suspension before baseball’s independent arbiter Martin Scheinman, who is facing a decision to decide whether Manfred had caused discipline under a domestic violence policy in 2015.

A San Diego woman, whom the pitcher met via social media, alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She later sought but was denied a restraining order. Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer, who hasn’t played since the allegations surfaced and MLB launched an investigation, has repeatedly stated that everything that happened between the two was consensual.

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

Of the 15 players previously disciplined under the policy, the longest suspension was a full season and postseason for free agent pitcher Sam Dyson in 2021. Under the policy, none of the previously disciplined players challenged the penalty before the arbitrator.

Bauer was paid a full $28 million salary last season and the first 22 days of a $32 million salary this season, while on administrative leave. He stands to lose $60,131,868: $28,131,868 this year and $32 million in 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 lawyers, Niranjan Fred Tyagaraja, as defendants in the lawsuit. The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

The lawsuit states that “Mr. Bauer suffered extreme harm” when the woman alleged that he had knocked her unconscious, repeatedly punched her and had anal with her without her consent during two sexual encounters last year. Had a massage

The pitcher has said that the two engaged in rough sex at her Pasadena home at her suggestion and followed guidelines they had previously agreed upon. He said that each encounter ended with him joking around and spending the night.

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

The Washington Post published a story Friday in which a woman in 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 that Bauer knocked her unconscious dozens of times during sex. Once, regaining consciousness, she said that Bauer was having anal sex without her consent.

Bauer said in a statement sent through his representatives that he had “casual and completely consensual sex from 2013-2018” with the woman, which began when he pitched for the Triple-A team in Columbus. Was doing.

“There was never a single nonconsensus involved in any of our meetings, let alone illegal,” Bauer said. “Indeed, he’s the one who introduced me to suffocation in our relationship and to consensual acts during sex. Events he told the Washington Post—and especially one in which non-consensual suffocation In which she claims to have fainted and woke up on a hotel floor – absolutely never happened, in any capacity.”

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

Los Angeles declined to comment until the mediation process was completed.

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

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