Jose Reyes subject to MLB discipline after alleged assault on wife
Reyes reportedly arrested in Hawaii after assault allegations made on behalf of his wife. A four-time All-Star with the Mets, he finished 2015 season with Rockies after trade with Blue Jays.
Thanks to a new domestic violence policy enacted earlier in 2015, the commissioner of Major League Baseball is empowered to discipline Colorado Rockies star Jose Reyes, who reportedly was arrested in Hawaii for assaulting his wife on Halloween.
Update: Maui police have issued a report confirming a few details. Via Adam Rubin of ESPN, here they are:
Here's Maui County P.D. documnet on Reyes arrest. Reads as if legal discipline limited to avoiding wife for 3 days. pic.twitter.com/HoYujL9sec— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) November 10, 2015
Rubin followed that up with another tweet saying:
"I don't know about whether other charges have/will be filed, so I ought to retract that part."
KHNL-TV in Hawaii reported overnight Tuesday that Reyes was arrested Oct. 31 after an argument with his wife, Katherine, turned violent in their hotel room at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea:
His wife told responding officers that Reyes grabbed her off the bed and shoved her. Sources say she also told police that he grabbed her throat and shoved her into the sliding glass balcony door.
Security called police and Reyes was arrested for abuse of a family or household member. He was released on bail.
Reyes' wife told police she had injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. She was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Via Twitter, the Rockies gave a statement acknowledging the Reyes situation:
Colorado Rockies statement regarding Jose Reyes: pic.twitter.com/bCeMxRzune— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 10, 2015
Rob Manfred acknowledged the Reyes case at the GM Meetings in Florida, saying there's "no timetable" yet for action, but that it's "obviously a matter of concern" for the league. Major League Baseball released the following statement on Tuesday morning:
"As evidenced by our Joint Domestic Violence Policy, Major League Baseball understands the seriousness of the issues surrounding domestic violence, and our Policy explicitly recognizes the harm resulting from such acts. Consistent with the terms of this Policy, the Commissioner's Office already has begun its investigation into the facts and circumstances. Any action taken by the Commissioner's Office in this matter will be wholly in accordance with this Policy."
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports notes that MLB will conduct "a full investigation" on the allegations against Reyes, and that he can be disciplined for "just cause" without a conviction. Eye on Baseball reported on the new policy in August:
Along with the announcement of the establishment of a joint committee that will be tasked with evaluating and (if necessary) supervising the treatment of a player, commissioner Rob Manfred will be given power to punish the player as he sees fit. No maximums, no minimums. And that's regardless if the player is convicted or enters a guilty plea in a legal case.
Intervention, treatment and confidentiality provisions also are written into the agreement, which was announced jointly by the commissioner's office and the players union.
Reyes finished the 2015 season with the Rockies after sending Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade just before the non-waiver deadline July 31. Reyes made the NL All-Star team four times with the Mets earlier in his career, but his production has been in decline -- partially because of injuries -- the past two seasons.
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