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Dodgers were prepared to cut Trevor Bauer before suspension?

Trevor Bauer warms up before a game

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) walks on the field before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Bauer’s Major League Baseball career is seemingly in jeopardy after he received an unprecedented suspension on Friday. Even without the suspension from MLB, Bauer’s Los Angeles Dodgers career may have been over.

Jon Heyman wrote in a New York Post column Friday that the Dodgers had soured on Bauer before MLB’s suspension was announced. According to Heyman, Bauer had alienated “many key players” in the clubhouse during his first season with the team. Heyman adds further that had the league not handed down its two-year suspension, the Dodgers would have at least considered cutting Bauer despite potentially owing him over $70 million through the 2023 season.

The Dodgers certainly could have afforded to make that sort of decision, as the team is carrying a payroll of roughly $290 million in 2022. Heyman suggests that public opinion of Bauer stemming from the allegations made against him, as well as his issues within the clubhouse, may have been enough to get the team to simply cut bait.

Bauer had been investigated by MLB after a pair of sexual assault allegations were made against him, which led to the record suspension. A third allegation went public Friday after the suspension had been announced. Bauer has unequivocally denied all three allegations and vowed to fight the suspension.

Trevor Bauer says woman tried to extort him, introduced him to choking

Trevor Bauer warms up before a game

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) walks on the field before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

A woman has once again accused Trevor Bauer of going beyond what she consented to during sex, and Bauer is once again providing evidence that he says proves his innocence.

Bauer says the third woman, whose accusations were published in a Washington Post story on Friday, attempted to extort him before she spoke with MLB. Bauer says the woman hired a lawyer last year to try and get a financial settlement. The settlement apparently would have prevented her from speaking with league investigators. Bauer says he refused to be “extorted” and declined.

The woman shared her story with MLB, which likely contributed to the league deciding to suspend Bauer for two full seasons.

Here is the full response from Bauer to the latest allegation, as shared by his publicity team with Larry Brown Sports. LBS has edited part of the statement to remove the profanity.

“Mr. Bauer unequivocally denies the false and defamatory allegations made in The Washington Post. Throughout our interactions, Gus Garcia-Roberts has continued to ignore and failed to thoroughly investigate any information contrary to his intended narrative,” the statement says.

“As it relates to the Columbus woman, we had a casual and wholly consensual sexual relationship from 2013-2018 that began during my time with Triple-A Columbus Clippers. We primarily saw each other in 2013-2014 and we met maybe 1-2x per year after that until 2018. We met for sex the majority of times we saw each other, primarily in 2013, early 2014 and last in 2018. None of our meetings ever involved a single non-consensual, let alone illegal, act. In fact, she is the one who introduced me to choking, both in our relationship and as a consensual act during sex.

“The incidents she detailed to the Washington Post – and specifically the one that involved non-consensual choking in which she claims to have convulsed and woken up on a hotel floor – absolutely never occurred, in any capacity. Additionally, at no point during sex or otherwise did I ever hit her.

“Since 2019 alone, this woman has sent me 139 sexually explicit photos and videos in which she is self-performing various acts and self-penetrating with various objects, often saying things like ‘wish this was you.’ Across hundreds of messages during this period, she also requested on numerous occasions the various acts which she now claims, for the first time, were problematic. For example, writing “just f–k my a– and choke me… that’s all I want” and “will you f–k me with [anal beads] in… it would be fun to try… and I want you to film it.’ Given the explicit contents of these messages, I do not plan share them in their entirety.

“Despite claiming to the Washington Post that she did not reach out to me after a ‘fight’ in 2019 — which involved her wanting her to visit me for sex and me asking if she planned to stay the night or not because I wasn’t sure if she had work the next day, and she took offense— this woman has continued to contact me through 2021 to share additional unsolicited sexually explicit videos, to make small talk, wish me happy birthday multiple times and even to ask a personal favor. I had not responded to a single message since the non-existent ‘fight.’

“Following these messages with no response, the woman hired a lawyer who attempted to solicit a financial settlement on October 19, 2021 in exchange for resolving her ‘issue’ and not to speak with MLB. I refuse to be extorted and declined.

“Upon Gus Garcia-Roberts reaching out with the usual fire drill deadline, my representatives made him, his editor and WP legal counsel aware of a wealth of information contrary to what was alleged and again questioned his motivations and the pattern of unethical conduct he has exhibited since July. After spending 10 months looking into my sex life, he spent at most 3.5 days looking into any contrary information that didn’t align with the narrative he already decided on. Since July, Gus has referred to me as the ‘Harvey Weinstein of baseball’ among other similar references. He has continued to pursue anything — regardless of evidence, corroboration, contrary information or motives — that he can force into supporting this concept while ignoring everything that contradicts that notion.”

Bauer also shared some of the text messages via his Twitter account.

MLB on Friday announced a 2-season suspension for Bauer. The suspension would be unpaid and follows the paid administrative leave Bauer has been on since last June. Bauer plans to appeal the suspension and is firmly denying the allegations.

Trevor Bauer facing similar allegations from third woman

Trevor Bauer

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MLB on Friday announced a suspension of unprecedented length as punishment for Trevor Bauer. Now we know that additional allegations may have played a role in the harsh discipline from the league.

Not long after MLB announced its punishment for the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, The Washington Post reported that a third woman accused Bauer of similar sexual conduct. The woman spoke with MLB during their investigation into Bauer.

The third woman claimed to have met Bauer on a dating app in 2013 while he was a minor leaguer in Columbus with the Cleveland Indians’ franchise. The two had a sexual relationship in 2013 and 2014, and the woman claims all their sexual encounters were consensual.

However, according to the story, the woman says Bauer crossed a line during many of their sexual encounters and went beyond what they agreed to. The woman says Bauer choked her to the point of unconsciousness, which was beyond what she agreed to with him. The woman says that on one occasion, after she regained consciousness after passing out, she found him anally penetrating her without her consent.

Bauer has faced similar accusations from two other women.

One woman from San Diego sought a restraining order against Bauer last year. That motion was denied because Bauer was not deemed a threat to the woman. The judge found that Bauer did not act beyond the boundaries communicated to him by the woman.

Los Angeles officials investigating the allegations and did not end up charging Bauer with any crimes. Bauer is now suing that woman.

Allegations from a second woman later surfaced, but Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages that he says prove his innocence against those claims.

Bauer has not pitched since last June, and now he will be suspended for two full seasons. The suspension is the longest for a player under the league’s current domestic violence and sexual assault policy. Bauer has denied the allegations against him and that he will appeal.

Trevor Bauer tweets response to suspension

Trevor Bauer warms up before a game

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) walks on the field before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball has dropped the hammer on Trevor Bauer with a massive suspension, and the star pitcher said he plans to appeal.

MLB announced on Friday that Bauer has been suspended 324 games, which is two full seasons. Bauer immediately issued a response on Twitter and said he will appeal.

Bauer was placed on paid administrative leave midway through the 2021 season after he was accused of assaulting a woman during two separate sexual encounters last year. The woman testified in court that Bauer choked her unconscious and punched during sex without her consent. Bauer’s attorneys argued that the rough sexual encounters were “wholly consensual.” The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office reviewed the case and decided to not file charges.

Allegations from a second woman later surfaced, but Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages that he says prove his innocence against those claims.

Bauer’s suspension is the longest ever under MLB’s current domestic violence and sexual assault policy. It is also noteworthy that in every previous case where a player was suspended, the two sides agreed upon the disciplinary action.

Bauer has maintained his innocence since the allegations first surfaced. The 31-year-old was owed $32 million this season and has a $32 million player option for 2023. If the suspension holds, he will not receive any of that money and will essentially be a free agent.

MLB announces unprecedented suspension for Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer walks off the mound

Mar 6, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer against the San Diego Padres during a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into the allegations against Trevor Bauer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers star is facing a massive suspension.

MLB announced on Friday that Bauer has been suspended for 324 games, which is two full seasons. The suspension is the longest for a player under the league’s current domestic violence and sexual assault policy. Bauer once again denied the allegations against him and said he will appeal.

Bauer did not pitch for the Dodgers after June 28 last season. He was placed on paid administrative leave after he was accused of assaulting a woman during two separate sexual encounters last year. The woman testified in court that Bauer choked her unconscious and punched during sex without her consent. Bauer’s attorneys argued that the rough sexual encounters were “wholly consensual.” The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges against Bauer earlier this year.

The alleged victim was granted a temporary restraining order back in August. A judge later denied the woman’s request for a long-term restraining order. Bauer’s legal team provided text messages that they say helped prove the pitcher’s innocence. The judge who overturned the restraining order concluded that what the woman thought and what she communicated to Bauer were not the same.

Allegations from a second woman later surfaced, but Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages that he says prove his innocence against those claims.

MLB conducted its own investigation and obviously believes Bauer is guilty, hence the disciplinary action.

Bauer started just 17 games for the Dodgers last year. He went 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings. The right-hander is under contract for $32 million next season with a $32 million player option for 2023. If the suspension is upheld, he will not be paid.

Latest court ruling could speed up MLB’s Trevor Bauer decision?

Trevor Bauer walks off the mound

Trevor Bauer has been on paid administrative leave since the middle of last season, but Major League Baseball could be getting closer to making a decision about whether the Los Angeles Dodgers star will be suspended.

A judge on Monday denied Bauer’s request to access the cell phone records of one of the women who accused him of sexual assault, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The woman’s request for a restraining order had already been denied and prosecutors declined to file charges against Bauer. In subsequent court filings, Bauer’s legal team argued that the woman’s cell phone records could show she tried to execute “a plan to seek rough sex so she could later seek to profit.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman denied the request. She said Bauer’s attorneys did not file the motion in time for her to consider the request. Even if they did, Gould-Saltman said she is skeptical of how the woman’s cell phone records could help Bauer’s argument that the accuser should pay his legal fees. Bauer’s legal team submitted a filing back in October seeking to have the woman cover the MLB star’s legal costs.

As Shaikin notes, the cell phone records could have, in theory, helped Bauer share his side of the events with MLB investigators. Now that he will not have access to them, that could speed up the process of the league making a ruling.

Bauer is in the second year of a three-year, $102-million contract. He has been on paid leave for 10 months. The 31-year-old recently filed a defamation lawsuit related to his sexual assault case.

Photo: Mar 6, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer against the San Diego Padres during a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Bauer files defamation lawsuit against Deadspin

Trevor Bauer on the field

Trevor Bauer secured one legal victory over the sexual assault allegations he faced last year, and now he is seeking another.

Bauer announced on Thursday that he has filed a defamation lawsuit against sports website Deadspin. Bauer is specifically suing Deadspin managing editor Chris Baud and the website’s parent company, G/O Media. In his lawsuit, Bauer accuses Deadspin of knowingly publishing false information about him.

Bauer’s lawsuit accuses Deadspin of targeting the pitcher with malicious comments about him and his character for several years. The specific defamation allegation centers around Deadspin writing that Bauer fractured the skull of his accuser.

Bauer’s representatives have said that the woman’s CT scan showed no fracture. Bauer’s representatives apparently reached out to Deadspin three times to have them make a correction regarding their assertion that Bauer fractured the woman’s skull. Bauer’s team says they were ignored and then sent a follow-up letter accusing Deadspin of defamation, to which the media company’s general counsel responded.

Bauer’s legal team says SI and ESPN are among those who issued corrections regarding the accusation that Bauer fractured the woman’s skull. Even after these corrections were issued, Deadspin continued to publish in subsequent articles that Bauer had fractured the woman’s skull. They wrote in a subsequent story that the woman had “her skull fractured” by Bauer.

Bauer argues and showed proof that Deadspin continued to target him with negative stories even after a judge denied the woman’s request for a restraining order, and even after Bauer was not charged.

The below paragraphs are excerpted directly from Bauer’s legal complaint, except where LBS edited for profanity:

“The Article was the culmination of an unrelenting campaign by Deadspin to defame and impugn Mr. Bauer. For years Deadspin repeatedly and maliciously targeted Mr. Bauer, accusing him of harassment and misogynistic behavior, and called him an “online bully,” “a–hole,” a “racist, sexist, jack—,” and a “douche canoe.” Consistent with that continued harassment, G/O Media and Mr. Baud deliberately avoided the truth and fabricated the narrative that Mr. Bauer fractured the Complainant’s skull. To serve their narrative of attacking Mr. Bauer, Mr. Baud and G/O Media deliberately ignored the many sources revealing the truth—including corrections to the very The Athletic article on which G/O Media and Mr. Baud relied. They falsely stated that Mr. Bauer fractured the Complainant’s skull, knowing it was false, all with the purpose and intent to harm Mr. Bauer.

“Deadspin’s malicious and reckless disregard of the truth in the Article reflects a years-long effort to harass Mr. Bauer, impugn his reputation, and spread falsehoods about him.”

You can read the full legal complaint here.

Bauer ended up missing the rest of the season after being accused of sexual assault. He is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Dodgers may not want him back next season. Bauer could face a suspension from MLB despite not being charged.

Deadspin is operating under a new ownership group. It was previously run and owned by Gawker Media, which filed for bankruptcy after being found guilty of invasion of privacy (and more) over publishing a Hulk Hogan sex tape. After Gawker filed for bankruptcy, Deadspin was sold to Univision. Univision later sold Deadspin to G/O Media, where the site is now facing another damaging lawsuit.

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Bauer breaks silence after charges not filed against him

Trevor Bauer in the locker room

Trevor Bauer on Tuesday broke his silence after a big development in his case.

The Los Angeles County’s district attorney’s office has decided not to charge Bauer after investigating assault allegations made against him by a woman with whom he had sex last year.

“After a thorough review of all the available evidence, including the civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and the physical evidence, the People are unable to prove the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” the district attorney determined.

Bauer was placed on administrative leave by MLB on July 2 and did not pitch again for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He denied all allegations and insisted he was being wrongfully accused, even claiming the photos the woman circulated were edited.

Bauer had a legal victory in August when the woman’s request for a temporary restraining order against the pitcher was blocked because he was not deemed a threat to her. He has mostly stayed silent while awaiting the decision from the district attorney, which came on Tuesday.

Bauer then released a video about the matter and included numerous denials.

“I never punched this woman in the face,” Bauer said. “I never punched her in the vagina. I never scratched her face. I never had anal sex with her or sodomized her in any way. I never assaulted her in any way at any time. While we did have consensual rough sex, the disturbing acts and conduct that she described simply did not occur.”

“I also never ‘materially misled’ the court, as it was found that this woman did,” Bauer added.

You can watch his video below:

Here is a transcription of his statement:

“Today the District Attorney’s office publicly stated that they are not going to file any charges. I know a lot of you have been waiting for me to address this and I’ve wanted to for some time now, and now I’m finally able to speak, so here it goes…

“First off, you haven’t heard from me much over the last few months, and the reason for that is simple. I’ve been respecting the Pasadena Police Department as they conducted their investigation, as I believe that allegations as serious as these should be fully investigated and not adjudicated in the media. The investigation has been extremely thorough and both the Pasadena Police and the District Attorney’s office have access to much more information than has been made public at this point. During the investigation, I’ve watched many draw premature conclusions based on an absurd amount of misinformation and false claims that have been circulated with absolutely no corroboration.

“In August, the Los Angeles Superior Court reviewed a host of information and testimony, and after a four day hearing denied a request for a permanent restraining order against me, as the Court correctly found that there was no basis for this request. More importantly, in doing so, the Court also found that no sexual assault, act of abuse, or non-consensual sex occurred between me and the woman seeking the restraining order. And today, the District Attorney’s Office announced that they are declining to press any charges. Both my representatives and I have expected this outcome from the beginning, and we are grateful that each of these neutral, third party arbiters have reviewed the relevant information and made clear and informed decisions on this matter. I have cooperated with the Pasadena Police Department’s investigation and my version of events has not waivered because it’s the truth. I also never ‘materially misled’ the court, as it was found that this woman did.

“I’m sure you’ve read a lot in the media on this matter, and I’m sure you’ve formed a lot of opinions as a result. As I mentioned, the majority of those reports are based on what the Los Angeles Superior Court has deemed to be a ‘materially misleading’ petition, so I’d like to set the record straight on what actually happened. I had consensual sex with this woman on two occasions at my residence in Pasadena, during which we engaged in rough sex. This is something that she brought up, we discussed together, and both agreed to engage in. We established rules and boundaries and I followed them. On both occasions, she consented beforehand when we established those boundaries. She also repeatedly consented during sex, when I asked her multiple times if she was enjoying herself and if she wanted to continue. In fact, she continued to direct me as to what she wanted in no uncertain terms.

“After we finished on both occasions, we talked briefly, joked around, laughed, and went to sleep. Following our second sexual encounter, we also showered (separately, I might add, and without assistance) before going to sleep. She chose to stay the night both times and left the following day without any incident or concern. And when she left she certainly did not look anything like the photos that were later attached to her family court declaration and circulated by her lawyers to the media.

“While this is not the time or the place to address every single lie or falsehood that this woman or her lawyers made to the court, I do want to be crystal clear about a few things. I never punched this woman in the face. I never punched her in the vagina. I never scratched her face. I never had anal sex with her or sodomized her in any way. I never assaulted her in any way at any time. While we did have consensual rough sex, the disturbing acts and conduct that she described simply did not occur.

“You may not be my biggest fan or agree with everything I’ve said over the years, and that’s ok – I’m not a perfect person. If you want to judge me for engaging in rough sex with a woman that I hardly knew, that’s ok too. In evaluating my life over recent months, it’s clear I’ve made some poor choices, particularly in regards to the people that I’ve chosen to associate with, but I am not the person that this woman, her lawyers, and certain members of the media have painted me to be.

“Allegations like this are extremely serious, and they should be thoroughly investigated, as has happened in this matter. However it’s alarming to watch how quickly, willingly, and knowingly certain members of the media have taken one side of a story and tried to convict me in the court of public opinion without having or choosing to report anywhere close to all of the facts.

“But, on that note… The last several months have been an extremely challenging time and I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to the numerous teammates, players, coaches, fans, friends, and even complete strangers who have reached out and stood by me, even if it was in silence. To those people, your support and your kind words mean much more than you know.

“I’m relieved to finally be able to share the truth with you. Thanks for hearing me out and I’ll see you all soon.”

Photo: Bobby Nightengale/Cincinnati Enquirer

Trevor Bauer will not face charges over sexual assault allegations

Trevor Bauer

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not face criminal charges stemming from the sexual assault allegations that were made against him last summer.

Bauer did not pitch for the Dodgers after June 28. He was placed on paid administrative leave after he was accused of assaulting a woman during two separate sexual encounters last year. The woman testified in court that Bauer choked her unconscious and punched during sex without her consent. Bauer’s attorneys argued that the rough sexual encounters were “wholly consensual.” The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office reviewed the case, and TMZ reported on Tuesday that no charges will be filed.

The alleged victim was granted a temporary restraining order back in August. A judge later denied the woman’s request for a long-term restraining order. Bauer’s legal team provided text messages that they say helped prove the pitcher’s innocence. The judge who overturned the restraining order concluded that what the woman thought and what she communicated to Bauer were not the same.

Allegations from a second woman later surfaced, but Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages recently that he says prove his innocence against those claims as well.

Bauer filed a notice in court in September seeking to have the accuser pay his legal fees.

Bauer started just 17 games for the Dodgers last season before being placed on paid administrative leave. He went 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings. The right-hander is under contract for $32 million next season with a $32 million player option for 2023.

MLB issued a statement on Tuesday saying its investigation into the allegations against Bauer remains ongoing.

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Bauer seeking to have accuser pay his legal fees

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer scored a legal victory in court back in August when a judge denied a restraining order request from a woman who accused the star pitcher of sexual assault. Bauer now wants the woman to face financial consequences.

According to court documents reviewed by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Bauer is planning to ask a California court to order the woman who accused him of sexual assault to cover his legal costs associated with defending himself. Bauer filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 20, but he has not yet asked for a specific amount of money. The filing states that he will defer his request until he receives the woman’s telephone records from the Pasadena Police Department.

In the filing, Bauer accuses the woman of using the restraining order process “gain publicity and harm [Bauer’s] career.” The Los Angeles Dodgers star argues that phone records obtained by Pasadena police during their investigation will show that the alleged victim “deliberately and systematically deleted and hid much information relevant to a full and complete understanding of her encounters with Mr. Bauer, including communications with her closest friends that revealed her improper motive.”

As Shaikin notes, California Family Code states that a court can order attorney fees to be paid to the prevailing party in a restraining order case. Bauer prevailed in the case, as a judge ruled in August that the temporary restraining order obtained by the accuser was not warranted and denied the woman’s request for a long-term restraining order.

Bauer’s representatives previously provided text messages to Larry Brown Sports that they say help prove the pitcher’s innocence. You can see those screenshots here.

Allegations from a second woman have since been uncovered, and Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages that he says prove his innocence.

The case now resides with the district attorney, who will decide whether to pursue charges against Bauer.

Bauer last pitched for the Dodgers on June 28. He was placed on paid administrative leave after that. He would have been eligible for the postseason, but reports have said his teammates don’t want him back under any circumstance.