MLB Star Suspended For Two Years Over Abuse Claims

ESPN reports:

Major League Baseball announced a 324-game suspension for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday, the equivalent of two full seasons, making it by far the most severe punishment handed out under the sport’s domestic violence policy.

Bauer promptly released a statement announcing he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to appeal punishment through MLB’s domestic violence policy.

“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy,” Bauer’s statement read.

Yahoo Sports reports:

Bauer has been on paid administrative leave since July 2, 2021, days after the woman filed for a temporary ex parte restraining order against him. The allegations include Bauer choking the woman to unconsciousness, performing anal sex on her while she was unconscious and repeatedly punching her in the head.

Earlier this month, Bauer filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who said he assaulted her. He has also filed suit against two media outlets for defamation over their coverage of the accusations.

Another accuser also came forward with claims of a similar incident in 2017, when he was with Cleveland. Bauer’s camp has called that second allegation “categorically false,” while insisting the California encounter was entirely consensual.