Major League Baseball announced a 324-game suspension for Los Angeles Dodgers jar Trevor Power Friday, the equivalent of two full seasons, making it by far the heaviest penalty imposed under the sport’s domestic violence policy.
Power immediately issued a statement announcing that he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to appeal the penalty through MLB’s domestic violence policy.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny any violation of the league’s policy on domestic violence and sexual assault,” Read the statement. I am resuming this procedure and expect it to prevail. As we did throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”
Power, 31, is accused of sexual assault by a San Diego woman who has requested a restraining order and accused him of having violent sex a lot over the course of two confrontations this past April and May. A Los Angeles judge dismissed the woman’s permanent injunction in August, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges in February.
Power joined the Dodgers on a three-year, $102 million contract in February 2021, following his victory in the National League Cy Young during the 2020 COVID-19 season. He spent the last 81 games of the regular season in the managerial league, plus an additional 18 to start the 2022 season. But his 324-game suspension doesn’t start until Friday, meaning he doesn’t get credit for the previous time he gave.
Power’s suspension, if continued through the appeals process, will continue until game 19 of the 2024 season, at which point his three-year contract with the Dodgers will expire. The Dodgers will not pay Power while he is suspended.
The MLB announced the suspension with a short statement that did not provide details of its findings, adding: “In accordance with the terms of the policy, the Commissioner’s office will not release any further statements at this time.”
The Dodgers, who arrived home against the Detroit Tigers this weekend, released the following statement:
“Today we learned that the MLB has completed its investigation into the allegations made against Trevor Power, and the commissioner has made its disciplinary decision. The Dodgers take all allegations of this nature seriously and do not condone or excuse any acts of domestic violence or sexual assault. We have cooperated Fully with the MLB investigation from its inception, we fully support the Common MLB Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, and Child Abuse Policy and the Commissioner’s implementation of this policy. We understand Trevor has the right to appeal the Commissioner’s decision. Therefore, we will not comment further until the process is complete.”
Power is the 16th player to have been suspended since August 2015 when Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association unveiled the Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse Policy, which gives MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred the autonomy to suspend players under “just cause.” These suspensions – not counting those of former saver Felipe Vazquez, who is serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl – ranged from 15 to 162 matches and were the result of negotiated settlements in which the players waived their right of appeal.
Bauer’s last show was on June 28 last year. The next day, a 27-year-old woman filed for a restraining order on domestic violence, detailing allegations that Bauer assaulted her over the course of two sexual encounters at his home in Pasadena, California, in April and May. In her statement, the woman — who ESPN chose not to give her name — stated that Bauer persisted in violent, consensual sex, alleging that he had strangled her unconscious on several occasions, scratched and punched her repeatedly all over her body, and raped her without her consent. And left her with injuries that required travel to the emergency room.
Bauer and his attorneys, John Fetterwolf and Rachel Loba, have vigorously denied the accusations throughout, calling them “fraudulent” and “unfounded” in an initial statement.
Power was initially placed on administrative leave – a means by which players are paid in full but not allowed to roam major league facilities while investigations continue – on July 2. his goods from his warehouses, indicating that the team “did not feel that this was appropriate while the investigations were continuing.”
At the conclusion of the four-day hearing on August 19, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Diana Gold-Saltman resolved the temporary restraining order, ruling that Bauer did not pose an ongoing threat to the woman and that her injuries were the result of nothing. She objected verbally before or during the meeting, citing texts from the woman requesting strangulation.
The judge said that “the injuries as they appear in the pictures are terrible,” but added: “If you set limits and go beyond them, this case would have been clear. But it set limits without considering all the consequences, and the defendant did not “go beyond the limits set by the petitioner.”
Days before the hearing began, The Washington Post published a story about a second woman, from Ohio, who requested a temporary restraining order against Power in June 2020 and also accused him of assault. The woman dismissed the order six weeks later, after Bauer’s lawyers threatened legal action, according to the report. The post’s story included photos showing the injuries allegedly caused by Bauer, as well as threatening letters, in which Bauer allegedly wrote: “I don’t feel like spending time in prison for killing someone. That’s what will happen if I see you again.”
Power’s lawyers called the woman’s allegations of physical abuse “categorically false” and questioned the authenticity of the photos and messages.
The Pasadena Police Department ended its investigation into Power’s incident with a San Diego woman on August 27, and sent the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which spent the next five months reviewing the case before announcing on February 8 that it would not pursue criminal charges. The attorney general’s office considered and dismissed charges of assault by means likely to result in significant bodily injury, sodomy to an unconscious person during Bauer’s first sexual encounter with the woman on April 22, and domestic violence during the second sexual encounter on May 16.
As part of its refusal, the attorney general’s office wrote: “After a thorough review of all available evidence, including civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and physical evidence, the people are unable to substantiate the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Bauer immediately released a seven-minute YouTube video in which he outlined his version of events, at one point stating, “I’ve never punched this woman in the face. I’ve never punched her in the vagina. I’ve never scratched her face. I had sex with her.” Anal or sodomy with her in any way. I never used her in any way and at any time, and while we were having violent, consensual sex, the disturbing actions and behavior I described simply did not happen.”
The woman, who provided photographs and medical records as part of the domestic violence restraining order announcement, claimed that she woke up in the morning after the second sexual encounter with black eyes, swollen jaw and cheekbones, and dark red scratches on her right side. Face, bruising of the gums, a lump on the side of her head, a split in the upper lip, black bruises on the upper part of her vagina and multiple bruises on her right hind cheek.
Over the past two months, while MLB has continued its investigation, Bauer’s attorneys have filed defamation lawsuits against two media companies, alleging that Deadspin knowingly spread false information in its coverage of sexual assault allegations and that The Athletic led a “campaign to maliciously target and harass.” Bauer.
Power’s attorneys also subpoenaed the Pasadena Police Department over the loss of phone records from the defendant, claiming in the court filing that “the requested materials would also reveal the petitioner’s plan to destroy the defendant’s reputation and career and earn a substantial salary by making false and misleading allegations in her petition.”
But Gold Saltman ruled on April 4 that Bauer would not have been aware of the phone records, stating that his attorneys had not made the appropriate request and that she would nevertheless have questioned the argument that the records would help them show the woman misled the legal process and she had to pay his attorney.
On Monday, Power’s attorneys filed a defamation and harmful interference suit against the woman in the US District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit alleges that she “made up allegations of sexual assault”, “followed false criminal and civil lawsuits”, “made false and malicious statements” and “generated a media attack based on her lies” in an attempt to “destroy” Bauer’s reputation, “make attention to herself” and” Get millions of dollars.”