San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will not face charges over a public physical altercation with his wife caught on video on March 1.
The San Francisco district attorney’s office announced on Tuesday that it is declining to press charges.
Statement on Baer from district attorney
“After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges,” district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Baer, who is on an indefinite leave from the team, still could face punishment from Major League Baseball.
The video obtained by TMZ shows Baer attempting to grab a cellphone from his wife Pamela, knocking her to the ground from her chair in the process. Pamela is heard screaming “oh my god, no” in the video.
Investigators viewed longer video
The Chronicle reports that prosecutors viewed a 25-minute-long video from nearby security footage of a verbal argument between the two that led to the physical altercation.
Prosecutors also interviewed witnesses and the Baers as part of the investigation that led them to decline to press charges.
Baers addressed incident after video went public
The Baers released a joint statement through the Giants after the video went public addressing the altercation.
“Regrettably today we had a heated argument in public over a family matter. We are deeply embarrassed by the situation and have resolved the issue.”
Larry and Pamela Baer then each released individual statements.
“I am truly sorry for the pain that I have brought to my wife, children and to the organization,” Baer wrote. “It is not reflective of the kind of person that I aspire to be, but it happened and I will do whatever it takes to make sure that I never behave in such an inappropriate manner again.”
Pamela: Fell because of previous injury
Pamela’s statement addressed a foot injury she said she suffered prior to the altercation.
“I would like to clarify the events of today,” Pamela wrote. “My husband and I had an argument in public about which we are quite embarrassed. I took his cellphone. He wanted it back and I did not want to give it back. I started to get up and the chair I was sitting in began to tip. Due to an injury I sustained in my foot three days ago, I lost my balance. I did not sustain any injury based on what happened today. Larry and I always have been and still are happily married.”
The Chronicle reports that domestic violence advocates and San Francisco Mayor London Breed are pressuring MLB to take punitive action toward Baer.
“While Mr. Baer has apologized and expressed remorse for his behavior, it does not excuse his actions and it does not erase what transpired,” Breed wrote in a statement. “Mr. Baer’s actions were serious and wrong.”
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