At the beginning of the month, it was reported that Yasiel Puig was expected to avoid suspension from MLB baseball, likely because nothing in fact happened between him and his sister at the Miami bar and the report that claimed something did happen between the siblings also identified him as a white guy.
Earlier today, however, the Commissioner declared Puig free of any discipline at all due to a lack of evidence supporting the claim of domestic violence, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has concluded its investigation into an alleged incident involving Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and his sister in a Miami-area nightclub on November 26, 2015,” the statement read. “The investigation included interviews of witnesses, including Puig and his sister, as well as a review of video footage from inside the nightclub at the time of the alleged incident.
“The Office of the Commissioner’s investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation; both Puig and his sister denied that an assault occurred; and the available video evidence did not support the allegation. Thus, barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, no discipline will be imposed on Puig in connection with the alleged incident.”
For his part, Puig never seemed that worried, and he appeared rather casual about the news today.
“I just found out today,” said Puig, who was removed from the Dodgers’ 7-3 win over the Rockies after slugging his first home run of the spring in the fourth inning.
“I’m happy with the results of the investigation and can concentrate on this year and give my best.”
And he even managed to throw in a joke involving Alex Guerrero giving him crap.
“Just because I hit a home run doesn’t mean I haven’t been concentrating on the season,” he said. “I know I was one of the last ones with a home run. [Teammate] Alexander Guerrero told me to stop hitting ground balls to shortstop or I would hurt my hamstring.”
Speaking of which, here’s the homer from today.
Regardless of whatever he or the Dodgers say about it not being a distraction or that it was bound to end up this way, surely it must be nice to be able to put the entire ordeal behind them.
If I was a petty person, I would ask for your assistance in going back to track down all the people who overreacted to the TMZ report with claims that Puig is a horrible human and a massive thug, but we all know I’m above that stuff*.
*Lie, do it.