Dodgers' Yasiel Puig Brawls Bouncer At Miami Bar
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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig reportedly suffered facial bruising and a swollen eye during a fight with a bouncer at a Brickell nightclub.
Miami police spokesman Major Delrish Moss said the injuries happened Wednesday night as the Cuban slugger was leaving the Blue Martini bar at the bouncers' request following an argument with his sister.
Major League Baseball plans to investigate, making Puig the second player subject to potential discipline under the sport's new domestic violence policy.
Moss said "at some point" Puig and a bouncer began to fight, leaving Puig with the swollen left eye and "minor bumps and bruises" to his face. Moss said the bouncer got a busted lip and minor facial bruises.
The spokesman said the bouncer claimed Puig sucker-punched him; Puig said the bouncer got too aggressive. Moss said neither wanted to press charges.
A Dodgers spokesman said Friday night the team had no comment.
Limited to 72 games this season because of hamstring injuries, Puig hit .255 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs.
The Cuban defector, who turns 25 next month, makes his offseason home in Miami.
It's the latest in a series of scrapes involving Puig. He was arrested twice for reckless driving in 2013, leading the Dodgers to say they were "very disappointed" with his behavior. In one of the cases, Puig's mother and cousin were in the car with him.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012.
MLB officials and the players union agreed in August on a new comprehensive policy concerning domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The agreement followed a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players.
Commissioner Rob Manfred was given broad discretion for determining the length of punishment for players for "just cause." There are no maximum or minimum penalties prescribed in the deal. Manfred also is given the authority to suspend a player with pay while legal proceedings are ongoing.
Earlier this month, the commissioner's office said it had started looking into the Oct. 31 arrest of Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes after an argument with his wife that police said turned physical at a resort in Hawaii.
Reyes was released after posting $1,000 bail and issued a warning citation to have no contact with his wife for three days after the arrest. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family or household member.
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