Here’s the news: Trevor Bauer has been placed on week-long administrative leave and did not make his scheduled July 4 start.
Bauer, accused of sexual assault and battery, described in excruciating detail by The Athletic, is just the latest star athlete accused of violence against women.
He should never make another start for anyone.
From The Athletic:
Let’s be clear: You totally don’t have to give Trevor Bauer the benefit of the doubt. There is nothing in Bauer’s reported actions or his lawyer John Fetterolf’s statement that indicate an attempt to deny that he was responsible, only that her request for a temporary restraining order was “fraudulent” based on the omission of key details, and that what happened was consensual. Bauer’s lawyer also claims to “have messages that show [the accuser] repeatedly asking for ‘rough’ sexual encounters.”
“I agreed to have consensual sex; however, I did not agree or consent to what he did next,” the victim told The Athetic. “I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.”
We don’t need an investigation and trial to know that she didn’t consent to have her face beaten and her skull fractured. His legal team’s defense? It was only the initial CT scan that showed a fracture.
While other high-profile athletes continued to earn millions after allegations of violence against women, such as Aroldis Chapman, Ben Roethlisberger and Jameis Winston, none of them would be as damaging to their sport as Bauer. While the nature of the alleged assault should be enough, we live in the real world where every person is commoditized. You are as valuable as the wins you can produce and the dollars you can bring in for your team.
Bauer does those things, but he is more than that. He wants very much to be the public, outspoken face of the game. He’s uber active on social media, getting into feuds with other players, punching down, Dave Portnoy style, by sending his massive following after a young woman even after she deleted a tweet.
Perhaps in an attempt to smooth over the misogynistic Twitter stylings, Bauer has sought to repair his image by making his agent Rachel Luba more prominent on Twitter and his appearances.
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