The domestic violence charges against Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes stemming from an October incident in Hawai’i are expected to be dropped, according to the Associated Press and Yahoo! Sports. Reyes was arrested after allegedly grabbing his wife by the throat and slamming her into a glass door at a Maui hotel, reportedly causing injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. Prosecutors in Hawai’i have already filed papers to drop the case after Reyes’ wife refused to cooperate with prosecutors and stated that she will not return to Hawai’i to testify in the trial, which was set to begin on April 4th.
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In February, Major League Baseball placed Jose Reyes on paid leave until the conclusion of his trial. Now that the case is on the verge of concluding, Reyes will now face discipline from the league under baseball’s new domestic violence policy, even with the charges against him being dropped.
In early March, New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was given a 30-game suspension by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for his involvement in a November domestic violence incident in Florida. Chapman reportedly choked his girlfriend and proceeded to fire off eight rounds from a handgun in the garage of the home where the incident took place. Chapman was never charged with a crime, nor arrested, yet he still received a significant ban from baseball. Therefore, one has to assume that Jose Reyes will be receiving a pretty hefty suspension and one that will be longer than the ban that was given to Chapman after Reyes was actually arrested and charged with a crime in this case.
It’s good to see that baseball is cracking down on domestic violence cases and making it known that laying hands on a woman will not be tolerated in their league. The last thing that Major League Baseball wants is a P.R. nightmare similar to the one the NFL had after its lack of care and/or actions with multiple domestic violence cases back in 2014 (Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, etc). By coming down hard on Jose Reyes and Aroldis Chapman, baseball is making it almost impossible for the court of public opinion to criticize their discipline processes and conduct policies. Jose Reyes may have been able to dodge a bullet in terms of staying out of jail, but baseball will not allow him to wiggle his way out of discipline without an official acquittance of all charges. It may seem a bit harsh because some domestic violence accusations end up being 100% false, but in the case of Jose Reyes, he was arrested AND charged with a crime. Jose Reyes cannot be a part of baseball right now and Rob Manfred has to do the right thing and suspend him a minimum of 30 games.