Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been suspended without pay through May 31.
Major League Baseball made the announcement Friday, saying Reyes was suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
Reyes was arrested Oct. 31 after security at the Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii called 911 to report a possible domestic assault. The security guard told dispatchers the woman involved (Reyes’ wife Katherine) had a leg injury and scratches on her neck. Katherine reportedly told police her husband grabbed her neck and pushed her into the sliding glass door in their room.
On March 30, 2016, prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor charge of abuse of a family member, saying Katherine Reyes refused to cooperate with the investigation.
MLB’s domestic violence policy, announced last summer, allows the league to discipline and suspend players even if they are not convicted.
"The unpaid suspension of Reyes is retroactive to February 23, 2016, when Reyes was placed on leave pending the resolution of criminal proceedings in Hawaii, and covers all of 2016 Spring Training and the first two months of the 2016 Championship Season," Major League Baseball said in a statement.
Reyes issued a statement that said:
"I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family.
"I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball.
"My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful."
MLB said Reyes has agreed not to appeal the discipline.
While Reyes is suspended for two more weeks, officials said he may participate in spring training-like activities starting now.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the discipline:
"My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Reyes committed an act of
domestic violence on October 31, 2015. The investigation was prolonged and complicated initially by the existence of a pending criminal proceeding against Mr. Reyes in Hawaii involving the same allegation, which has since been dismissed. Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office’s investigation. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31st. I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes’ commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future. Mr. Reyes also agreed to contribute a total of $100,000 to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”