Phillies' All-Star Outfielder Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges
Atlantic City, NJ – A Major League Baseball (MLB) player was arrested in Atlantic City after a report of domestic violence against his 20-year-old girlfriend.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was taken into custody without incident on May 27 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NBC Sports reported.
Officers responded to the Golden Nugget at about 8:30 p.m. and found the female victim with the hotel’s security officers.
A post on the Atlantic City Police Department’s official Facebook page said the victim told police that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Herrera, during a dispute.
The woman had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck, but she refused medical attention, the police department wrote.
Court documents said that Herrera’s girlfriend had "hand print markings to her neck area and small scratches to her arms,” TMZ reported.
Atlantic City police found Herrera in his hotel room and arrested him. He was charged with simple assault in a domestic incident.
Herrera was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball in accordance to the league’s domestic violence policy, ESPN reported.
"This morning we were made aware of an alleged incident involving Odúbel Herrera," the Philadelphia Phillies said in a statement, according to TMZ. "Upon receiving this information, we immediately reported the incident to Major League Baseball, which has informed us that Herrera has been placed on Administrative Leave."
"The Phillies take any domestic violence accusation seriously, and strongly support the Joint Domestic Violence Policy agreed upon by MLB and the MLBPA," the statement said.
Herrera’s leave can last up to seven days while the league and team investigate the charges, and then it may be extended if more time is needed for investigation.
Philadelphia General Manager Matt Klentak said he could not talk about the specifics of the incident but offered that Herrera had called the team to apologize, ESPN reported.
Herrera signed a five-year deal worth $30.5 million with the Philadelphia Phillies in December of 2016, and was an all-star for the Phillies the same year, according to MLB.com.