Major League Baseball and the Colorado Rockies are looking into a report that shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested on a charge of assaulting his wife in Maui on Oct. 31.
Hawaii News Now reported that Reyes was arrested at a hotel and released on bail. The report was based on anonymous sources and The Associated Press has not been able to confirm the details. The station showed Reyes’ mugshot.
The Rockies said in a statement late Monday they were ”extremely disappointed and concerned to learn of the allegations involving Jose Reyes.” The league said Tuesday it has started to look into the ”facts and circumstances.”
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Major league officials and the players union agreed in August on a new comprehensive policy concerning domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The agreement followed a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players.
Commissioner Rob Manfred was given broad discretion for determining the length of punishment for players for ”just cause.” There are no maximum or minimum penalties prescribed in the deal. Manfred also is given the authority to suspend a player with pay while legal proceedings are ongoing.
”Obviously, it’s an issue of concern to us,” Manfred said Tuesday at the general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. ”There’s a balance there. On the one hand, I think our fans want to know that the cases have been dealt with appropriately.
”On the hand, whoever the player is, the fact that he’s a major league player doesn’t mean that he has absolutely no right to privacy and that everything that’s going on in the context of a relationship or a marriage has to be public.”
Colorado acquired the 32-year-old Reyes from Toronto in a July deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays. In 47 games with Colorado, Reyes hit .259 with three homers.
A four-time All Star, Reyes is signed through 2017 on a $106 million, six-year contract he received from Miami that includes a $4 million buyout in `18. He was acquired by Toronto in a November 2012 trade with Miami.
Reyes came up with the New York Mets and won a batting title in 2011.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.