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MLB Has a New Domestic Violence Policy

August 23rd, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on MLB Has a New Domestic Violence Policy | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB
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Baseball Commisioner Rob Mandred is working to decrease incidents of domestic violence.

It seems that every year, we see more and more professional athletes investigated for (and sometimes charged with) domestic assault. While the incidents of off-the-field violence provide us a a small look into the abuse from which so many suffer every single day, consequences for the offenders seldom set an appropriate example. Professional athletes have historically had a knack for getting slaps on the wrist for both misdemeanor and felony assault. Up until very recently, professional sports organizations haven’t done nearly enough to administer discipline to these players.

This past Friday, Major League Baseball and the players’ union announced a new policy that involves the intervention, discipline, and treatment for players associated with domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. MLB issued the following statement:

“The Commissioner’s Office will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players, as well as everyone employed by a Major League or Minor League club, and the Commissioner’s Office, and the MLBPA will also implement an all-encompassing domestic abuse policy for its staff.”

There will now be resources for those players (and their families) involved in abuse or violent incidents. The focus will be to provide education, intervention, and discipline. It’s worth noting that other professional organizations (looking at you, NFL) have had a greater number of known violent incidents than Major League Baseball has had.

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