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Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended for 15 games for arrest following dispute with wife

March 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended for 15 games for arrest following dispute with wife

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The Boston Red Sox will have to begin the season without Steven Wright, their knuckleball pitcher.

Wright has been punished for breaking the Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He was taken into custody on December 8th after a dispute with his wife Shannon at their Tennessee residence, NESN reported.

The case was settled on December 21st. It will be dropped in December 2018 as long as there are no further issues. Regardless, Wright will be suspended for 15 games.

Steven Wright accepted his suspension, without a fight, but maintains that the arrest was not the result of him physically abusing his wife. In a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association, Wright stated: “I regret my actions that night. I cooperated with MLB’s investigators and reiterated that I did not make physical contact with my wife.”

He added an apology, “I accept the responsibility for what happened and have taken steps, including counseling, to help me become a better husband. I apologize to the Red Sox, its fans, my teammates and my family. Shannon and I are grateful for your support.”

Redsox pitcher Steven Wright tweeted this selfie with wife Shannon at a Garth Brooks concert two days after the domestic case was dismissed

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released in a statement that said: “In addition to serving a 15-game suspension, Wright has agreed to speak to players about what he has learned through this process and to donate time and money to organizations aimed at the prevention of, and the treatment of victims of, domestic violence.”

The team also released a statement, “we support MLB’s Domestic Violence Policy, the discipline set forth by the Commissioner’s Office, and Steven’s acceptance. While we are disappointed that this incident occurred, we are encouraged that Steven is taking steps to learn from this incident.”

Wright, who made the All-Star team in 2016, only started in five games last year because of knee surgery. He hasn’t been pitching in Spring Training and it is not clear whether he will begin the season on the disabled list.

His suspension will commence when he is medically cleared to play. It will cost roughly $100,000 of his $1.1 million salary.

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