Trevor Bauer goes to be reinstated by Major League Baseball sooner or later. We may as properly settle for it from the outset. We don’t know when the reinstatement will come. Earlier this week, MLB prolonged Bauer’s administrative depart by April 22.
No one is aware of what occurs after that, and actually, the LA Times is reporting that Bauer might argue that the extension to his depart just isn’t binding and there’s a chance that he might present up at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
What we do know is that allegations of sexual assault and battery, irrespective of how vicious, are by no means going to be sufficient to maintain a person from enjoying skilled sports activities. Look on the lengthy record of males who’ve been accused and what number of of them are nonetheless lively gamers. A sure type of man on Twitter will scream about Ray Rice however, let’s be sincere, that had extra to do together with his declining skills than punching his spouse within the face on digicam. Ben Roethlisberger, Patrick Kane, Kobe Bryant, even Antonio Brown all went on to have prolonged and profitable careers after allegations of rape.
For the ladies (and it’s virtually at all times ladies) who write about athletes accused of sexual assault and home violence, a lot of this appears like always screaming into the void. The allegations are made, the police examine, somebody digs up filth on the sufferer, the prosecutor declines to press expenses, the participant goes on together with his life and the entire world forgets, apart from the Twitter brigades who’re always on alert to harass anybody who dares convey up the participant’s previous sins.
At the identical time, we’re a rustic that values the maxim “innocent until proven guilty,” despite the fact that that argument appears to be reserved for well-known males being accused of crimes, versus, say, alleged Brooklyn subway capturing suspect Frank James. (No one has been yelling about unfair woke mobs and feminazis hellbent on destroying him. Curious!) With the L.A. District Attorney declining to press expenses towards Bauer, he might be again enjoying baseball when his present administrative depart stint ends. On the opposite hand, MLB does its personal investigations into allegations towards gamers, and has handed down prolonged suspensions earlier than on instances that have been by no means charged criminally.
The longest suspension we’ve seen MLB impose was on pitcher Sam Dyson, who was prohibited from enjoying for the whole 2021 season after his ex-girlfriend got here ahead with allegations that Dyson hurled objects at and injured each her and her cat. We’ll by no means know what Dyson’s ex advised MLB investigators, however it was apparently sufficient to warrant a season-long suspension.
Trevor Bauer is completely different, although. Not simply because he’s a star pitcher, an ace, the most popular commodity on the commerce or free agent market each time he hits it. Bauer additionally has a big social media following, one which he’s used to harass and bully ladies and his critics. In reality, an Ohio girl additionally accused Bauer of sexual assault, together with choking and punching her throughout intercourse, with out her consent. This was method again in 2017, lengthy earlier than the second girl got here ahead to accuse Bauer of comparable claims in 2021. Bauer has denied each allegations, however the Ohio girl obtained a restraining order towards Bauer, partially due to SnapChat messages he despatched her (Bauer’s lawyer and agent questioned the validity of the messages):
“I don’t feel like spending time in jail for killing someone,” one message learn, in line with The Post. “And that’s what would happen if I saw you again.”
In an undated Snapchat message, Bauer allegedly wrote, “Like the only reason I’d ever consider seeing you again is to choke you unconscious, punch you in the face shove my fist up your a— skull f—- you and kick you out naked. And obviously I would never do something like that to anyone. So can’t even enjoy the one thing I sometimes enjoyed with you.”
This is the purpose the place full disclosure calls for that I let you recognize that Bauer is suing each The Athletic, sportswriter Molly Knight (the most effective within the enterprise, in my view), Deadspin editor Chris Baud, and Deadspin’s dad or mum firm, G/O Media, for defamation associated to reporting on the allegations towards him. Bauer was virtually gleeful in asserting the lawsuits:
In addition to always bitching in regards to the media and never being conversant in New York Times v. Sullivan (Google it), Bauer additionally lately misplaced a authorized movement during which his staff sought to acquire the cellphone data of the L.A. accuser, arguing that she made up the allegations towards Bauer to revenue financially. A good portion of Bauer’s Twitter feed is him whining in regards to the media making up lies about him (we don’t do this), whining about different issues he sees as unjust, or making an attempt to persuade folks that everybody is out to get him. Oh, after which there’s this:
I’m undecided what sort of “we were both accused of sexual assault and aren’t you mad, bro?” fraternity Bauer is making an attempt to ascertain right here, however it will get to the center of the true downside with Trevor Bauer, which is his obvious want to destroy anybody who he feels wronged him, and that features the ladies who made allegations towards him. His allies? Other males who’ve been accused of comparable issues, If you’re in search of contrition or remorse or perhaps a “maybe I should be a little more careful in how I interact with women,” you gained’t discover it from Bauer. Or his agent, Rachel Luba, who offers cowl for Bauer through the use of the tried and true trick of getting a girl defend you from allegations of sexual assault.
It’s value noting that Luba beforehand representsed Yasiel Puig, who was additionally accused of sexual assault by a number of ladies. Puig denied the allegations, (in addition to a further accusation of sexual assault in 2018), and settled with the primary two accusers.
Trevor Bauer has strenuously denied doing something mistaken, loudly and crudely claiming that all the pieces that occurred between him and his accusers was consensual. He has a authorized staff behind him that’s clearly prepared to go the additional mile to punish anybody who says in any other case. Bauer can argue consent all he needs, however the ladies who got here ahead towards him say they didn’t consent, and their mind-set is de facto the one one which issues. The Sexual Assault Response Team nurse who testified in regards to the accidents inflicted on the L.A. accuser stated she noticed crimson and purple bruising across the girl’s genitals, saying “I had never seen that before. It was frankly alarming.”
Bauer’s response is principally that this was “rough sex” with a girl he “barely knew.” He claims the “disturbing acts and conduct that she described simply did not occur.”
What has turn out to be clear to me after following Bauer for a while is that he enjoys harming ladies. Sexually, bodily, socially, professionally, financially. And he’s not afraid to do it publicly, making it extra doubtless that different victims alleging sexual assault by the hands of different males will hesitate earlier than coming ahead. It looks as if all the pieces Bauer does these days is centered round discrediting ladies: His accusers, Molly Knight at The Athletic, me, right here at Deadspin (a few of my reporting is talked about in his lawsuit towards G/O Media). In his world, each girl is out to get him.
I assume all of this can be a long-winded method of claiming that MLB and Rob Manfred stand to do plenty of hurt if Bauer isn’t handed a prolonged suspension. Because permitting him again into baseball’s good graces is placing MLB’s stamp of approval on all the pieces Bauer has finished for the reason that allegations got here to gentle. It could be an endorsement (and, I concern, a street map for different athletes) of shouting down an alleged sufferer till she shuts up and goes away, one thing we already see far an excessive amount of of in society at giant.
Do the correct factor, Mr. Commissioner, don’t reward Trevor Bauer for his previous habits. Have him sit out all of 2022, as properly.