Giants president and CEO Larry Baer has been suspended without pay by MLB after a video surfaced of him knocking his wife out of a chair during a public altercation.
MLB announced Tuesday it has banned Baer from operating in any capacity with the Giants until July 1.
“At my direction, the Department of Investigations conducted an investigation into the March 1, 2019 video-recorded incident involving Larry Baer,” commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a statement. “I also personally met with Mr. Baer. Based on my review of the results of the investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Baer’s conduct was unacceptable under MLB policies and warrants discipline. In determining the appropriate level of discipline, I find that Mr. Baer should be held to a higher standard because as a leader he is expected to be a role model for others in his organization and community. Based on my conversation with Mr. Baer, it is clear that he regrets what transpired and takes responsibility for his conduct.”
In the incident in question, Baer was caught on a video submitted to TMZ in an argument with his wife over a cell phone.
Baer went to take the phone away from his wife and knocked her to the ground in the process. The San Francisco DA has said the Giants CEO will not face criminal charges for the incident.
The Giants released a statement following MLB’s announcement on Tuesday.
“We thank Commissioner Rob Manfred and the staff at Major League Baseball for their timely and careful review and assessment of the matter involving Giants CEO Larry Baer,” the statement read. “We share the Commissioner’s concern and disappointment in Mr. Baer’s conduct as it does not represent the values of the Giants organization.
“We also want to thank the fans, partners and members of the community who have taken the time to reach out to us and express their perspectives on the matter. We very much value and respect the sentiments.
“The Commissioner has imposed what we believe to be appropriate disciplinary measures and we will work with Major League Baseball and Mr. Baer to ensure that all aspects of the disciplinary program are completed. Mr. Baer has apologized for his unacceptable behavior and has recommitted himself to undergo the necessary counseling program to ensure that this never happens again.”
Baer released a statement as well.
“I respect and accept the Commissioner’s decision and appreciate the fair and thorough process undertaken by MLB and the Giants. I made a serious mistake that I sincerely regret and I am truly sorry for my actions. My unacceptable behavior well short of what must be demanded of every person, particularly someone in my position and role in the community.
“I will now immediately begin the significant work ahead of me to listen and learn from my mistakes and to seek professional advice. I am committed to doing what it takes to earn the trust and respect of the many people impacted by my actions.”