Nationals' Jazhiel Morel Fired; Appears to Throw Coffee at Woman in Video

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 22, 2020

Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina warms up near the Nationals logo on the grass before a baseball game with the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington Saturday, April 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Jazhiel Morel, an employee for the Washington Nationals, was fired by the organization for allegedly throwing hot coffee at a convenience store worker in the Dominican Republic.

Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo told ESPN's Kiley McDaniel, Jeff Passan and Enrique Rojas that Morel was fired Saturday:

"The Washington Nationals learned of this horrific incident earlier today and immediately terminated the employee," Rizzo said in a statement. "We do not tolerate this type of behavior in our organization."

Video of Morel allegedly throwing the coffee surfaced Friday on social media:

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

The Washington Nationals fired an employee in the Dominican Republic on Saturday after he allegedly threw two cups of hot coffee in the face of a female convenience-store employee. News at ESPN with @kileymcd and @Enrique_Rojas1: https://t.co/7NuKANm6Nz (Video via @OdeComunica) https://t.co/vSYNhwleMP

Per Dominican Republic journalist Edith Febles (h/t ESPN), Morel has agreed to turn himself over to police Monday.

In the video, the man believed to be Morel is seen saying something to the clerk before throwing two cups of coffee in their face.

According to ESPN, Morel was the administrator for the Nationals academy in Boca Chica. He started with the organization in 2017 and was promoted to the job in November.

The academy opened in 2014. The organization has signed Dominican players such as Juan Soto and Victor Robles in recent years.