Trevor Bauer on Saturday released his first public comments since news broke in late June that he was under investigation for assault.
The Dodgers pitcher, on administrative leave by MLB, addressed a Saturday story from The Washington Post (subscription) which, citing sealed court documents, reported a previous case of an Ohio woman who was granted a temporary order of protection against him in June 2020. Bauer was accused of punching and choking her without her consent during sex.
The Post also reports he allegedly sent her a text message — from a phone that is registered to him — saying he doesn’t “feel like spending time in jail for killing someone. And that’s what would happen if I saw you again.” Per the Post, that message prompted the woman to seek the protective order.
Bauer released a statement via Twitter on Saturday, disputing the Post’s report and claiming the paper of creating a “false narrative.”
“While I have allowed my representatives to speak on my behalf over the last six weeks, I can no longer be silent,” Bauer said in his tweet. “I will speak very candidly about the current petition when appropriate, but need to address the allegations made today in The Washington Post.”
While I have allowed my representatives to speak on my behalf over the last six weeks, I can no longer be silent. I will speak very candidly about the current petition when appropriate, but need to address the allegations made today in The Washington Post. pic.twitter.com/VhDNQyM1cb
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) August 14, 2021
Bauer also claimed the Post had contacted “hundreds” of his female friends, some of whom he says he had not contacted in over a decade, to create said false narrative. He also claimed the woman at the center of the Post’s report harassed and physically assaulted him before attempting to extort him for millions of dollars.
He followed up with screenshots of text messages, allegedly between him and the woman.
Bauer also included a statement from co-agents Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba (the former is also his lawyer), claiming he and the woman were in a consensual relationship from 2016-19 that Bauer ultimately broke off. They also claimed the woman’s allegations of abuse were “categorically false” in a statement provided to the Post, which reports the woman dropped the protection order six weeks after filing it.
Bauer has been placed on administrative leave by MLB since July 2; it has been extended five times while the league conducts its own investigation into the most recent accusation against Bauer. It involves a temporary restraining order filed against Bauer by a California woman, whose attorney Marc Garelick said it was “a recent assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer.”