A surprising and disturbing report out of TMZ tonight, as Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is reportedly under investigation in an alleged assault case involving a woman in Los Angeles.
The report, which you can read for the particular allegations, per the alleged victim’s attorney:
Trevor Bauer is currently under investigation for assault after a woman claims the Cy Young winner got physical with her, but the MLB star adamantly denies the allegation. https://t.co/4dUHPN1A1F
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) June 30, 2021
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) June 30, 2021
Per the attorney, the alleged victim has sought a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Bauer. There isn’t a great deal of detail in the original report, though it isn’t as if any alleged victim has to share everything publicly.
As part of the league’s domestic violence policy, any allegations of abuse like this are likely to be investigated by MLB, regardless of any criminal or civil proceedings in the legal system. Neither Bauer nor the Dodgers have yet commented on the TMZ report, though I expect we will be hearing more soon.
UPDATE: The response from Bauer’s camp, via his attorney:
Following a TMZ report that police in California are investigating Dodgers star Trevor Bauer for an assault on a woman, Bauer's attorney, Jon Fetterolf, released a statement in which he denied the allegations. ESPN has chosen not to name the woman even though her attorney did. pic.twitter.com/jdSbmNtQma
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 30, 2021
In sum, Bauer is not disputing that there was a sexual relationship that involved extra physical behavior, but his response is that he did only what she asked for (even if that may have ultimately led to injuries and a concussion). As I said, there will be investigations – by his camp, by authorities, and by MLB – and I’m sure there is a lot going on here. I hope the alleged victim is all right, but also that the objective truth, whatever that is, eventually comes out. The whole situation is uncomfortable, but obviously there is potential baseball impact here (as relatively unimportant as that may prove), and it bears attention.