Braves' Hector Olivera suspended 82 games by MLB for domestic violence incident

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After a domestic violence incident left him suspended from the league, Hector Olivera said he is ready to move forward.
After a domestic violence incident left him suspended from the league, Hector Olivera said he is ready to move forward.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was handed an 82-game suspension Thursday for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

Olivera has accepted the suspension, without pay, through Aug. 1. The ban is retroactive to April 30.

Olivera was arrested April 13 in Arlington, Va., after he was accused of assaulting a woman at the Braves' hotel during a road trip against the Washington Nationals. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery and was placed on administrative leave while MLB reviewed the incident.

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement Thursday:

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Hector Olivera violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on April 13, 2016. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Olivera violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 1st. 

"Mr. Olivera has also agreed to make a significant charitable contribution to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”

Olivera, who is batting .211 with two RBIs this season, may participate in extended spring training activities during the remainder of the suspension, followed by a rehabilitation assignment beginning no sooner than July 15, 2016.  

 

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