Hector Olivera Suspended by MLB: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2016

Mar 19, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Hector Olivera (28) bats against the New York Yankees during the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees defeat the Braves 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended without pay through Aug. 1 for violating Major League Baseball's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.   

MLB announced the ruling Thursday and added that Olivera won't appeal the 82-game ban—which is retroactive to April 30. 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement once the suspension was official, according to MLB.com's Chad Thornburg

Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Olivera violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 1st. Mr. Olivera has also agreed to make a significant charitable contribution to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.

"The Braves fully support Major League Baseball's decision regarding Hector Olivera," the team said in a formal statement, per its official Twitter account. "The club will have no further comment on the matter at this time."

Olivera was previously placed on administrative leave after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman at the team's hotel in Arlington, Virginia, according to USA Today's A.J. Perez

WJLA-TV's Jeff Goldberg first broke the news of Olivera's arrest on April 13, and he reported that the 31-year-old was arrested after the female victim called police "saying she had been assaulted." Arlington police spokesperson Ashley Savage told Perez the victim "had visible bruising." 

Olivera was subsequently charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

Olivera joins Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman as those who have been disciplined under the domestic violence policy this season.

Reyes was recently suspended 52 games following an alleged domestic dispute with his wife in Hawaii. Chapman was banned 30 games after allegedly brandishing and firing a gun, choking his girlfriend and pushing her against a wall, per Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown and Jeff Passan.

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