Judges check Trevor Bauer’s hat and glove no. 27 from the Los Angeles Dodgers due to foreign substances after the first substitution against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Los Angeles Dodgers top pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday was placed on a one-day administrative leave by Major League Baseball in the middle a criminal investigation into allegations that Bauer sexually assaulted a woman in brutal incidents.
Bauer’s forced leave was announced the same day, the president Joe Biden hosted the Dodgers at the White House to mark their World Series victory last fall.
Bauer, who won the Cy Young National League Award in 2020 while playing for the Cincinnati Reds, agreed in February to a three-year deal with the Dodgers that could pay him a total of $ 102 million, making him one of the highest paid baseball players.
The 30-year-old, who was next due to be exposed on Sunday in Washington against citizens, has not been charged. But he is under criminal investigation by California police.
Bauer is also the subject of a temporary ban on domestic violence filed by his 27-year-old prosecutor on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball said in a statement that his investigation into the allegations made by the woman against Bauer was “ongoing”.
“Although no decision has been made in the case, we have made the decision to place Mr. Bauer on a seven-day administrative leave in effect immediately,” MLB said in a statement.
“MLB continues to gather information in our ongoing investigation at the same time as the active criminal investigation of the Pasadena Police Department. We will comment further at the appropriate time.”
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball jersey as he welcomes the 2020 World Series champions during a ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 2, 2021.
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A Dodgers spokesman told KNBC-TV that, “I don’t believe an administrative leave can be appealed.”
“It allows MLB to investigate without imposing discipline,” a spokesman said, adding that disciplinary measures could be appealed.
The announcement arrived a day later Sports Illustrated published an article online entitled, “Trevor Bauer must not start on Sunday.”
The article mined Dodgers and MLB because of “cowardice” because Bauer was not left on leave despite “painful” accusations against him.
Bauer’s prosecutor said in his request for a restraining order that he strangled her until she lost consciousness during two sexual encounters, and during one of the encounters he punched her several times in the face and genitals, injuring her so badly that she was hospitalized.
He also alleges that he behaved sexually that she did not consent to any encounter.
Bauer’s agent Jon Fetterolf said earlier that Bauer “had a short and completely consensual sexual relationship” with the woman she started.
“Her basis for filing a protective order is not non-existent, false and deliberately omits key facts, information and her own relevant communications,” Fetterolf told NBC News.
The agent did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Friday.