The hammer has finally been dropped on Jose Reyes by Major League Baseball.
Reyes, the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, accepted the penalty handed down by MLB, which is a suspension without pay through May 31, 2016 for violating Major League Baseballs Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
Reyes has accepted the suspension and will not appeal. According to MLB’s press release: “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. Reyes has agreed not to appeal the discipline. Reyes may participate in extended Spring Training activities during the remainder of the suspension, followed by a rehabilitation assignment beginning on June 1, 2016.”
Commissioner Manfred 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 offices 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.