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PostPosted: Mon 9/15/14 10:26 pm    Post subject: Addressing DV Reply with quote

In light of this being such an ugly issue in the NFL, Major League Baseball is being proactive in developing a domestic violence policy. Thankfully we haven't had to hear as much about players being involved in it as we have in other sports.

The basic agreement may be amended soon when MLB and the Players Association meet.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/24/14 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the L.A. Times, progress is being made:

"MLB will Try to Implement a Policy on Domestic Violence"

By BILL SHAIKIN

Incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says the league hopes to have a domestic violence policy in place soon

On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year.

Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig in January, said the league and its players' union have had multiple conversations about the issue.

"We're having ongoing discussions with them," Manfred said before Game 2 of the World Series. "The tone has been very positive. I'm sure, like with most issues in recent years, we'll come up with a good solution."

Tony Clark, the executive director of the union, declined to commit to a timetable for the adoption of a policy.

"Our commitment is to making sure we have a policy that is representative of the concerns of both parties," Clark said. "Is there a time frame? Is there a drop-dead date by which we want to have it in place? No."

The issue of how professional sports leagues handle domestic violence issues exploded into a national debate when the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games in July, then suspended him indefinitely in September, ostensibly after the league reviewed additional video of the incident.

Rice has appealed the indefinite suspension and reportedly has filed a grievance against the Ravens, claiming they wrongfully terminated his contract.

The NFL had no domestic violence policy in place at the time of the Rice incident. The NBA is reviewing its policy to decide whether discipline should be imposed before a conviction. The NHL disciplined Voynov under a clause in its collective bargaining agreement authorizing suspension of a player "subject to a criminal investigation."

Until MLB adopts a policy, the commissioner would have the right to impose discipline for domestic violence incidents under the "just cause" provision of the collective bargaining agreement. The union would have the right to file a grievance on behalf of the player.

"We watch what goes on in other leagues, to understand all the distinct issues," Manfred said, "and try to pay attention to what's going on around us."
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PostPosted: Sat 10/25/14 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know. I do not like that Tony Clark says there is no time frame. What if something happens between now and then? I would suggest they carefully put the policy together but not drag their feet since the point seems to be pro active.
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PostPosted: Sat 11/1/14 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
"Is there a drop-dead date..."


I hate to say he could have used better wording there.
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PostPosted: Wed 8/26/15 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MLB is "covering all bases", it seems, with the new domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy, which was adopted last Friday.
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PostPosted: Tue 3/1/16 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now, it appears we have our first-ever suspension by the Commissioner. A recent investigation by Major League Baseball has concluded that Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman will be penalized for 30 games of the regular season.
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PostPosted: Fri 3/4/16 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad now the Dodgers withdrew their offer. I hope this is a sign to others that MLB is taking abuse seriously.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/2/17 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been suspended for 15 games beginning on Opening Day for violation of league policy, stemming from a previously-posted incident in October.
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PostPosted: Wed 7/4/18 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna has been suspended for 75 games for violation of the DV policy, but not many details have been provided.
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PostPosted: Mon 9/24/18 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cubs second baseman Addison Russell has been placed on administrative leave after his wife has alleged domestic violence over a period of time in their marriage. This one seems like a tricky one because of social media postings going back to last year. Article from mlb.com
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PostPosted: Fri 10/5/18 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been brought up in the last week since this happened, because of the Astros being in the playoffs, but Roberto Osuna's assault charge was dropped when he agreed to a restraining order. Article from USA Today
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PostPosted: Fri 3/1/19 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!--I got home from work a few minutes ago and what do I see among the sports stories of the day but Jints president Larry Baer caught on tape in a public altercation with his wife, pushing her out of a chair, which took place in San Francisco this morning. Police were not called to the scene.

I'm leaving this here since there were no charges filed (yet) and MLB is investigating the incident.
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PostPosted: Wed 3/6/19 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep that was pretty disturbing. I cannot imagine what his defense will be.
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PostPosted: Sun 3/24/19 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By this point, it's not relevant--sadly--because the D.A. has declined to press charges.

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PostPosted: Wed 5/22/19 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LHP Julio Urias has been reinstated with the Dodgers--and I'll have more to say on that later.

Meanwhile, very interesting read from the L.A. Times regarding the topic of domestic violence:

"Sports Leagues Hope To Win Where Criminal Justice System Hasn't On Domestic Violence"

By J. BRADY MCCOLLOUGH
MAY 17, 2019 | 7:15 PM

Sports leagues hope to win where criminal justice system hasn't on domestic violence


In the days leading up to the arrest of Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, Major League Baseball’s effort to take on domestic violence was already grabbing the public’s attention.

On May 8 in Chicago, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell returned to Wrigley Field for his first game after serving a 40-game suspension levied by MLB after Russell’s ex-wife alleged last September that the player physically and mentally abused her. Russell denied the allegations and was not charged with
a crime, but, under MLB’s collectively-bargained domestic violence policy, the league conducted its own investigation and suspended him.

The Wrigley crowd booed Russell, 25, who struck out in his first plate appearance.

On May 12 in Houston, Astros pitcher Roberto Osuna had a Mother’s Day surprise for his 130,000 Twitter followers. Osuna served a 75-game suspension last season for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, the mother of his son. The incident occurred while he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Astros traded for the star reliever during his suspension so they would have him available for their playoff run. In September, a Canadian judge cleared Osuna of a crime.

So when Osuna, 24, tweeted a picture of the hot-pink cleats he planned to wear for the Astros’ game on Mother’s Day and referenced his “haters,” it prompted a backlash on social media.

One day later, Urias, the Dodgers’ 22-year-old potential future ace, left the Beverly Center in L.A. in police custody, arrested Monday night on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to reports of an incident in the shopping mall’s parking lot, where witnesses told police they saw a man identified as Urias shove a woman, who fell over. Urias was released a few hours later on $20,000 bond.

The next day, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred put Urias on paid administrative leave pending investigation, the first step of the league’s process in determining disciplinary action.

As has been shown in most cases since MLB began investigating domestic violence allegations against its players in 2016, including those against Russell and Osuna, the league has not hesitated to impose punishment even when criminal charges are not filed. Urias might ultimately be cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but that would have little bearing on what Manfred decides.

Impact of Rice Incident

U.S. professional sports leagues historically did not take action against domestic violence involving their employees, following the corporate model of limiting oversight to issues that occurred within the workplace. But in 2014, a video leaked of then-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator, and everything changed.

MLB, which had never suspended a player for domestic violence, confronted the issue in August 2015 with a mission to be pro-active and avoid the public relations nightmare that had befallen the NFL.

“It became clear to us over the years that, because we’re a sports league, a highly public social institution, the public holds our players and frankly our employees to a higher standard,” said Dan Halem, MLB’s deputy commissioner and chief legal officer. “Our players, particularly, are role models. Domestic violence and sexual assault were areas that we felt we needed to address in a very significant way.

“It takes a lot of resources, a lot of education. I can’t really say that we’re totally equipped for it. We are a sports league.”

By electing to suspend players, leagues are inviting more attention on the poor behavior. The news cycle extends, and the situations can become more awkward for the player and franchise by the day. That, in some ways, is by design.

“It’s a crime in the shadows, and that’s a problem, right?” Halem said. “When there’s not great awareness about it, it makes it less likely that the victims of it have the access to resources that they need to better the situation. Taking this out of the shadows is a positive.”

Across the sports landscape, the spotlight on the issue is now ever-present. This week, headlines in Cleveland focused on the minicamp debut of Browns running back Kareem Hunt, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs midseason last year after a video leaked of him shoving and kicking a woman. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell levied an eight-game suspension for the 2019 season, but that did not stop the Browns from signing Hunt.

Back in Kansas City, the Chiefs are now investigating star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, whose girlfriend on a leaked audio recording accused him of breaking the arm of their young son. In 2016, the Chiefs drafted Hill despite accusations of him punching and choking the same woman in 2014 while Hill played at Oklahoma State.

No matter what happens to Hill in the justice system — the Johnson County (Kan.) district attorney has reopened an investigation because of the audio — he is now firmly in Goodell’s crosshairs.

‘Change the World’

In the five years since the Rice video, debate has heightened among media and domestic violence victims advocates about the place of sports leagues in policing the issue. The consensus among domestic violence experts contacted
by The Times is that the added awareness is worth any pitfalls that come with it.

“We live in a society that values sports figures more than we value laws,” said Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “So let’s use our sports figures to change the world.”

The Boston Red Sox in 1997 became the first MLB team to suspend a player for domestic violence, putting Wil Cordero on administrative leave for eight days after he was arrested and charged with assault and battery following a domestic dispute with his wife.

But the Cordero suspension would be an anomaly. With baseball focused on punishing players for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, those accused of domestic violence were largely left alone.

Halem says that before the Rice incident, MLB was discussing adding a domestic violence policy that would enable the commissioner to discipline players. But the reaction to Goodell’s original two-game suspension given to Rice once the video went public gave MLB the final push.

“Major League Baseball reached out to us in 2015 and said, ‘We want to get ahead of this. We want to make sure our policy is robust and comprehensive and nuanced and do it for the right reasons, not because we’re in the news,’ ” said Southworth, who has worked with MLB on implementation of its program.

The NFL took the lead post-Rice out of necessity, adding language specific to domestic violence into its Personal Conduct Policy and mandating a six-game suspension on first offense and a lifetime ban from the league on second offense. Goodell developed the new policies after conversations with outside experts, team owners and the NFL Players Association. The league also announced it would work to provide training and education about domestic violence and support and resources to players and their families.

When Southworth says MLB wanted to be nuanced, she is referring to the league not specifying a blanket punishment for all cases and instead allowing the commissioner to rule on each case individually based on the severity of the incident.

A zero-tolerance policy “puts victims in more danger,” Southworth said, “because if a victim is terrified, then calling 911 might mean that she ends up homeless because her partner loses his job. She may hold off calling 911. So I am a fan of a graduated but still robust and consistent policy. Having a chance for redemption means a victim is more likely to call 911.”

Other Leagues React

MLB wasn’t the only league taking notice of the NFL’s predicament. In October 2014, when then-Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested on charges of domestic violence, the NHL stepped in and immediately suspended the player indefinitely from all club activities pending a formal investigation by the league.

The NHL did not have a domestic violence policy in place — its CBA was completed in 2013 — but acted based on a section of the agreement that states the league can suspend a player “where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league.”

Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse and served almost two months in jail in 2015. He then played three seasons for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. Because of the extreme nature of Voynov’s abuse — according to Redondo Beach police, the player punched, kicked and choked his wife and then shoved her into a TV, leaving the couple’s bedroom splattered with blood — the NHL recently extended his suspension through the 2019-20 season.

Voynov’s case with the league is currently before an arbitrator.

While the NHL still does not have a domestic violence policy in place, league officials see the current language in their CBA as sufficient.

“We don’t see the existence [or not] of a specific disciplinary policy for domestic abuse incidents to be a real issue or concern,” said Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer, in an email response. “Our current framework allows us to treat each case according to its specific facts and circumstances, and I think that flexibility is a benefit, not a detriment.”

Like MLB, the NBA added a domestic violence policy to its CBA in 2017. The league has only suspended one player, former Clippers center Willie Reed who was then with the Pistons, for six games. The number of NBA investigations into domestic violence is so small it is hard to know how Commissioner Adam Silver will punish future incidents.

The NFL has had several high-profile domestic violence cases since Rice. After allegations of child abuse surfaced against star running back Adrian Peterson early in the 2014 season, Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the rest of the season — a ruling later upheld by an appeals court, which only strengthened Goodell’s power to act unilaterally.

In 2017, Goodell suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games because of domestic violence allegations made by a woman who posted photos of her bruises on Instagram. The Columbus, Ohio, police department did not have the evidence to pursue charges against Elliott, but the NFL’s investigation lasted a year.

A Texas district court judge granted Elliott an injunction because he agreed with the NFLPA that “fundamental unfairness infected this case from the beginning, eventually killing any possibility that justice would be served.” The NFL eventually won an appeal for a stay that reinstated the suspension, another win at the buzzer for Goodell.

Education and Prevention

A study conducted by Jeff Benedict, the former director of research at the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University, found that 150 athletes had domestic violence criminal complaints filed against them between 1990 and 1996, but only 28 resulted in convictions. The majority were not prosecuted.

Given the low probability of a conviction in court, sports leagues have now become an extra layer of societal accountability.

Major League Baseball has investigated 11 cases since 2016, issuing punishment in nine of them. The longest suspension came in 2018, when MLB handed down 100 games to San Diego Padres relief pitcher Jose Torres. Torres, who later pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault for an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at his wife, was released by the Padres.

Halem, MLB’s deputy commissioner and chief legal officer, says experts in the field of domestic violence help the league craft a detailed counseling plan for each player whom it disciplines under the policy and that the player’s treatment and support for the victim often continue once the player has returned to the field.

But, while individual player discipline and counseling are reactive to an incident that has already occurred, the larger goal for MLB and the other leagues is to educate players and personnel on domestic violence to encourage prevention.

“One of the biggest lessons we’ve all learned is that everyone can play a role in helping to stop domestic violence and sexual violence,” said Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s senior vice president for social responsibility. “When we are educating, we are educating through that lens. We are not addressing our staff or our personnel or players as potential perpetrators of those incidents. We are addressing them to say, how can you use your platform to impact these issues for the better?”

Isaacson is a former NFL community relations director who moved into her role after Goodell created the position following the Rice incident. She works with “A Call to Men,” an organization that educates men and boys on “healthy, respectful manhood” and a number of domestic violence experts to craft fresh educational curriculum that builds year to year.

Tony Porter, CEO of A Call to Men, said his trainers visit each franchise in the offseason to complete mandatory education with players and return in the fall to work with team staff.

“When an NFL player walks into a high school auditorium, those boys are sitting on the edge of their seats,” Porter said. “We equip these players to have much more to talk about than the Xs and Os. At that point in time, football is the least important thing they need to be talking to a captive audience of boys about. The fact is we are a part of the first generation of men being held accountable for domestic violence.”
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PostPosted: Wed 5/22/19 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was pretty surprised to hear on the radio, that Urias was back with the team on the road. I am sure you did not expect something like that so soon.
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PostPosted: Tue 6/4/19 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it appears Julio Urias will not face charges.

From the L.A. Times:

"Dodgers’ Julio Urias Won’t Face Charges in Domestic Battery Case"

By RICHARD WINTON and JORGE CASTILLO
JUN 03, 2019 | 7:45 PM


Los Angeles city prosecutors will not file misdemeanor charges against Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias related to a domestic violence arrest May 13 at the Beverly Center, the L.A. City Attorney announced Monday.

The city prosecutor instead slated Urias, 22, for a City Attorney hearing where he will be told that no action will be taken in connection with the report as long he is not arrested again for violent criminal behavior for the next year — the statute of limitations on the allegation.

According to people with knowledge of the investigation, witnesses told police that Urias shoved the woman he was with, but she told investigators she fell in the parking lot as they argued.

Major League Baseball’s investigation remains ongoing, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The City Attorney in an official statement announced it would “defer prosecution of Mr. Urias on the following conditions “(1) that Mr. Urias participate in a City Attorney hearing; (2) that he commit no acts of violence against anyone; and 3) that he successfully participate in and complete a 52 week domestic violence counseling program in person, and in a group setting.”

“The domestic violence counseling will consist of weekly two hour sessions where, among other things, he must accept responsibility for the abusive behavior perpetrated against the victim, demonstrate an understanding that the use of coercion or violent behavior to maintain dominance is unacceptable in an intimate relationship and he must demonstrate an understanding of and practices positive conflict resolution skills.”

“We are deferring prosecution at this time because: 1) this incident did not result in any physical injury; 2) the victim at no point indicated to either the uniformed police officers or to civilian witnesses that she believed she was a victim; and 3) Mr. Urias has no record of prior criminal conduct.”

Major League Baseball placed Urias on paid administrative the day after his arrest. The Commissioner’s office reinstated him seven days later — the maximum stint before the league must request an extension — in coordination with the Major League Baseball Players’ Assn.

The Dodgers were required to place Urias on their active major league roster, as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement, and he rejoined the club in Tampa Bay on May 21. The left-hander pitched for the first time since his arrest four days later against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and logged two scoreless innings in the initial outing. Urias, however, struggled in his first two appearances at Dodger Stadium since the incident, allowing four runs and three homers in three innings.

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PostPosted: Sun 8/18/19 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of the blue, so to speak, the investigation of the case involving Dodgers reliever Julio Urias has been completed and Urias has accepted a 20-game suspension.

Too many unanswered questions.
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PostPosted: Mon 9/30/19 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another incident that took place during our recent "down time"--Yankees RHP Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave related to the DV policy. Details were not available as the investigation remained ongoing.
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