Dodgers Pitcher Suspended After Prosecutor Defers Domestic Violence Charge

MLB pitcher Julio Urias's 20-game suspension came as a surprise to many because he hadn't been charged with a crime.

Los Angeles, CA – Major League Baseball’s (MLB) announcement that Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Julio Urias was suspended for 20 games over a domestic violence incident came as a surprise because the city attorney had deferred prosecution.

Urias was arrested May 13 for misdemeanor domestic battery in an incident involving his girlfriend, according to the Orange County Register.

Los Angeles police responded to a call about a couple arguing in the parking lot of the Beverly Center at about 7:30 p.m. and ended up taking the ballplayer into custody, USA Today reported.

Witnesses told police that the pitcher had shoved the woman to the ground, but Urias' girlfriend insisted that nothing happened, KCBS reported.

The pitcher was given a seven-day administrative suspension by his team and missed five games.

The prosecutor decided to conditionally defer prosecution of Urias in early July, citing the fact that the defendant had no prior criminal record, the lack of physical injury to his alleged victim, and the fact that the woman involved did not indicate to police that she thought she was a victim in the altercation, the Orange County Register reported.

Urias, under the conditions of the agreement, agreed to stay out of trouble for a year and attend a 52-week domestic violence counseling program.

MLB’s announcement of the suspension came as a surprise because the team and player both thought the matter had been settled when the prosecutor declined to press charges, the Orange County Register reported.

Despite that, MLB said that Urias agreed not to challenge his suspension, ESPN reported.

“Since May, I have been fully cooperating with both law enforcement and MLB,” Urias said in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. “Although the authorities determined no charges of any kind were warranted, I accept full responsibility for what I believe was my inappropriate conduct during the incident. Even in this instance where there was no injury or history of violence, I understand and agree that Major League players should be held to a higher standard.”

He will get credit for the five games he missed during his May suspension immediately following the incident.

ESPN reported that Urias will have sat out his entire 20-game suspension and be eligible to return to the field on Sept. 2.

Urias has pitched in 27 games this season and has a 4-3 record and a 2.53 ERA.

He earned $565,000 this season and has pitched mostly out of the bullpen, ESPN reported.

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Mama Thornhill
Mama Thornhill

MLB does it's job. NFL let's criminals and unamericans set bad examples for kids and break the law. I'm a Carolina Panthers fan. So far they've done well. I'm not a MLB fan but I support their making their players tow the line. The NFL could learn a thing or four.

Justretired
Justretired

Million dollar crybabies, I dont and will not watch professional sports for that reason. Hell the lowest salaries make more than docs and researchers looking for cures for cancer.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Get it n your sports car, drive home to your palace and enjoy your ivory back-scratcher collection. Every day that you get to play a game you love for a living is a good day. As a high profile individual you need to get wise to the fact that every cough and fart is going to be scrutinised. Keep your act tight.

Ethananddrewsnana
Ethananddrewsnana

Wow see two set's of rules. If your special you get to commit crimes and get a free pass. But if you are common folks, your butts going to jail and stay there. No special passes for common folks.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Suspend him for the playoffs

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

This is an old story, considering Urias was reactivated 5 days ago.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

When a pitcher gets suspended, it should be for 20 starts, not 20 games. Would be a huge deterrent...

rix is retired
rix is retired

Several opinions from many sides,, but it still remains,, IF the victim will not testify, especially on a misdemeanor charge, the prosecutors will not find little ground to continue with a trial.. it has nothing to do with being special,, its the way the prosecuting offices work,,,,

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

The Higher the profile/status, the higher the expectations of standards.

tfort
tfort

Wait, he was cleared and should have immediately been reinstated.

This war on athletes has to STOP RIGHT NOW!

ENOUGH!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I thought the police said there was no crime. What’s next? You get a speeding ticket and your boss at the plant lays you off for a week for being a law breaker or an environmental hog for burning extra fuel while speeding? I don’t understand why people committing crimes fall under any authority of the general public. It’s between the criminal and the official government body that arrest and prosecutes that particular crime. If he assaulted his girlfriend, charge him. If he didn’t, leave him alone. We’re all entitled spoiled brats but it’s tough to look in the mirror.