Giants CEO Larry Baer apologizes after video emerges of him dragging his wife to the ground during public altercation
Video shows Baer dragging his wife out of a chair
San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer dragged his wife, Pam, out of a chair and caused her to fall to the ground during a public altercation Friday, video obtained by TMZ shows. Witnesses say the two were in a loud argument and Baer tried to take a cell phone away from his wife.
The video shows Baer stepping over his wife, Pam, as she sits in a chair in the plaza in Hayes Valley before noon. She screams, "Oh my God, no, help!" as Baer appears to try to grab something out of her right hand. Both Baer and his wife were having coffee, and both wore suits.
Later, nearby workers described portions of the incident at Proxy, a plaza at Octavia and Hayes streets with coffee and juice shops, a pizza cart, a movie screen and chairs for visitors. The witnesses, who declined to be identified, said they heard a couple arguing before the incident escalated. One said the woman said, "Larry, sit down, sit down."
Just after 11:30 a.m., some witnesses said, they heard a woman screaming, and looked over to see a man standing over a woman. They said several people then tried to intervene, and the man backed off.
"My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument," said Baer to Sernoffsky. "The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously it's embarrassing."
Larry Baer issued an additional statement Friday night:
"I am truly sorry for the pain that I have brought to my wife, children and to the organization. It is not reflective of the kind of a person that I aspire to be, but it happened and I will do whatever it takes to make sure that I never behave in such an inappropriate manner again."
Pam Baer later released a statement through her attorney:
"I would like to clarify the events of today. My husband and I had an argument in public about which we are quite embarrassed. I took his cellphone. He wanted it back and I did not want to give it back. I started to get up and the chair I was sitting in began to tip. Due to an injury I sustained in my foot three days ago, I lost my balance. I did not sustain any injury based on what happened today. Larry and I always have been and still are happily married."
Major League Baseball released the following statement Friday evening, which doesn't mention Baer or any potential disciplinary measures:
"Major League Baseball is aware of the incident and, just like any other situation like this, will immediately begin to gather the facts. We will have no further comment until this process is completed."
Baer was named the team's CEO in 2012. He is their designated control person for matters with MLB.
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