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Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna Placed on Leave After Allegedly Assaulting a Woman

The star closer is one of a number of MLB players who have been charged with domestic assault over the past several years.

by Mack Lamoureux
May 8 2018, 6:42pm

Roberto Osuna. Photo via Nathan Denette/Canadian Press

Toronto Police have confirmed that Roberto Osuna, the Toronto Blue Jays star closer, has been arrested and charged with one count of assault.

The assault is alleged to have taken place over night, the victim is a woman, and the 23-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning. Not much more is known about the incident and TPS is not releasing more info out of respect for the victim. In a statement the MLB said they take "all allegations of this nature very seriously."

"We are investigating the circumstances and have placed Roberto Osuna on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy.”

Osuna is in his fourth season in the majors and has established himself as one of the top young closers in baseball. The Blue Jays, in a statement, said they supported the league's decision.

“We are aware of the incident involving Roberto and fully support the decision by the Commissioner’s Office to place him on administrative leave," it reads. "We are taking the matter extremely seriously, as the type of conduct associated with this incident is not reflective of our values as an organization. As this remains an ongoing investigation by Toronto Police, the Club will not comment further on the matter.”

In 2015, the MLB and the MLBPA came to an agreement regarding a domestic violence policy. In it the MLB Commissioner's Office will investigate allegations of domestic abuse and “decide on appropriate discipline, with no minimum or maximum penalty under the policy.”

"Players are husbands, fathers, sons and boyfriends,” said MLBPA executive director Tony Clark in 2015. “And as such want to set an example that makes clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in our society.”

A handful of star MLB players have been charged with domestic assault over the past few years. As first pointed out by Sportsnet, four MLB players—Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman, Jeurys Familia, and Steven Wright—all received suspensions when being charged with domestic assault under the new policy.

Reyes received 51 games, Chapman 30 games, and Wright and Familia both received 15 games. None of the players were ever found guilty of the charge.

Osuna will be appearing in court on June 18.

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