Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested and charged with domestic violence while vacationing in Hawaii, according to the Maui News.
The alleged assault took place in the couple’s bedroom. Reyes’ wife told the police he “grabbed her by the neck and shoved her into a sliding-glass door.”
Soon after news of his arrest made headlines, the Colorado Rockies issued an official statement about the allegations facing Reyes:
Colorado Rockies statement regarding Jose Reyes: pic.twitter.com/bCeMxRzune— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 10, 2015
Physical violence and abuse committed by American professional athletes came into spotlight last year following the much-documented controversy involving NFL player Ray Rice.
While domestic violence is no doubt widespread among football players, it’s also prevalent in Major League Baseball. Numerous major league players have been accused or charged with domestic violence, but not one of them has been punished by the league in the past 25 years.
However, the trend could change now, after a new policy was instituted in August to discipline players for acts of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
MLB and the MLBPA have announced an agreement on a Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. pic.twitter.com/C1eTGljC6r— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 21, 2015
Reyes, who is due $48 million over the next two seasons, could be the first MLB player to be subject of the new policy. He is currently out on bail.