Trevor Bauer suspended for 2 seasons for violating the policy of sexual assault

The judges check the hat and glove of Trevor Bauer # 27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers for foreign drugs after the first round against the San Francisco Giants at the Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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MLB suspended Trevor Bauer for two seasons after completing an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against star Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.

In a statement, the league said Bauer violated his common policy of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse and would not be paid under the suspension, which amounts to 324 matches. In 2021, Bauer signed a $ 102 million three-year deal with the Dodgers.

Bauer, 31, has been on administrative leave since July 2021 amid a criminal investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in brutal incidents.

The winner of the Cy Young Award 2020 has denied the allegations. In February, the LA District Attorney’s Office said it would not prosecute the MLB pitcher criminally.

In a Twitter post FridayBauer said he plans to appeal MLB’s decision.

“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault,” he wrote. “I appeal this case and expect to be upheld. As we have done throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the procedure.”

Dodgers said they are aware of MLB’s decision and declined to comment further because of Bauer’s plans to appeal.

Bauer last played in the MLB in 2021. He had a record of 8-5 in 17 games before being put on leave. He won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds after going 5-4 with a 1.72 ERA in MLB’s shortened pandemic season.

In February 2021, Bauer signed a unique three-year deal with the Dodgers. The contract made him one of the highest paid players of the year.

– CNBC’s Dan Mangan and Steve Kopack contributed to this article.

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