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Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended again, league source says Sports Illustratedby Stephanie Apstein.
It was originally scheduled to expire on April 16; however, the players’ association and MLB have agreed to extend it through April 22. The Dodgers star pitched on June 28 and was placed on administrative leave in July following allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has repeatedly denied.
In February, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Bauer would not face criminal charges. The pitcher was being investigated by Los Angeles authorities after a woman who said she met Bauer twice described violent encounters she said began as consensual sex. She left the encounters with various injuries, including head and facial trauma, but Bauer denied the allegations, saying she had requested rough sex.
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She said the pitcher smothered her unconscious with his own hair and anally penetrated her without consent in April 2021. The woman detailed a similar incident that happened in May of that year, when, according to her account, Bauer suffocated her unconscious and was repeatedly punched in the head when she regained consciousness.
The woman sought a five-year restraining order against Bauer, the maximum under California law. The judge dissolved a temporary order on August 19 and threw out the five-year order, saying he was not a future threat to the woman in California.
The court ultimately found the woman’s claims to be “substantially misleading”, and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman said the only evidence that anything happened while the woman was unconscious was to have been “kicked on the buttocks”.
Moreover, Gould-Saltman’s emphasis on consent was only about whether the woman consented to have rough sex with Bauer, which she did. “If she had set limits and he had exceeded them, this case would have been clear,” the judge said. “But she set limits without considering all the consequences, and [Bauer] did not exceed the limits set by the petitioner. … These were the consequences of the actions she consented to, including being suffocated.
After the district attorney’s office announced its decision, Bauer said in a statement, in part, “I had consensual sex with this woman on two separate occasions at my residence in Pasadena, during which time we had intercourse. brutal sex. It’s something she brought up, we discussed it together and we both agreed to engage. We established rules and limits, and I followed them. In both cases, she consented beforehand when we set these limits. She also consented several times during sex, when I asked her several times if she was having fun and if she wanted to continue. In fact, she continued to tell me what she wanted unequivocally.
Although Bauer does not face criminal charges, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred can still impose a sanction and suspend him under the league’s joint policy on domestic violence. , which can be read here.