Dodgers Decline Comment on Report MiLB Player Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Maid

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 07: A batting helmet sits in the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers refused to answer questions about a former player in their minor league system who was alleged to have sexually assaulted a maid in 2015 before his release.

On Thursday, Adam Rawnsley of the Daily Beast reported details from an email chain about a series of allegations against an unnamed player made by a hotel housekeeper in Glendale, Arizona.

After multiple ​episodes of sexual harassment over a period of weeks, the player allegedly grabbed ​the woman from behind while she was ​working. She pushed him away, but ​he grabbed ​her again. ​She told him to leave and that she was not interested in a sexual relationship—something she had expressed a number of times prior. After this, he left the room.

The allegation was not reported to the police.

"Personnel matters are addressed promptly at the time they are reported to the organization, and we do not comment publicly on such matters," the Dodgers said in a statement.

The Dodgers sent the player back to Latin America following the allegations and released him three months later. There is no record of the team reporting the situation to MLB, however.

"This was handled as an internal matter by the Dodgers and we consider the matter closed," the league told the Daily Beast when asked about its policies for reporting sexual assault.

The player was signed by another organization about a month after his Dodgers release and appeared in several MiLB games before getting cut again.

The Daily Beast was unable to contact the player about the allegations.

In 2015, MLB and its Players Association reached an agreement on a new joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. In the announcement, it was noted the commissioner's office "will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players."

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