Rockies’ Reyes Suspended Until May 31st For Domestic Violence Arrest

Jose Reyes

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has finally been suspended by Major League Baseball for his arrest on domestic violence charges from back in November, the league announced on Friday. Reyes has been suspended until May 31st and his ban is retroactive to his placement on paid leave by Major League Baseball on February 23rd before the start of his trial in Hawai’i. Reyes will be required to forfeit his pay from February 23rd-May 31st (approximately $7.06 million of his $22 million salary). In total, Reyes will miss 52 games as part of his suspension and time away on paid leave. 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated on April 5th that the Reyes case would receive a decision in “a matter of days, not weeks.” But, a decision on the matter had failed to be made for an extended period of time after Manfred’s comments, and the public has waited anxiously to hear a ruling all while Manfred has stayed silent on the matter for more than a month before announcing the suspension on Friday. Why it took so long for Manfred and Major League Baseball to hand down a suspension/ruling in the Jose Reyes case remains unknown, but Manfred released a statement on the matter shortly after the news broke on Friday afternoon.

 “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 office’s 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.”

Reyes’ arrest occurred on Halloween night in Maui, where he allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door at the hotel the couple was staying at. Maui police eventually charged Reyes with “abusing of a family and/or household member,” but the charges were eventually dropped in April when Reyes’ wife no longer agreed to cooperate in the case. Reyes also released a statement on Friday after the news of his suspension was announced, where he apologized to the Rockies, his family, and the fans for his actions. 

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family. I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Two things:

1.) Good for Major League Baseball for taking action early on this case and removing Jose Reyes from the game of baseball. Hopefully, the next time something like this happens, however, it doesn’t take a month and a half for a formal suspension to be announced after the commissioner of the league hints at a ruling being made in a “matter of days.”

2.) When Jose Reyes does return to the Rockies, it will be interesting to see how he is utilized in their lineup after the way Reyes’ replacement, Trevor Story, has thrived to begin the 2016 season. 

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