Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games For Lewd Gesture
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Jonathan Papelbon's apparent lewd gesture on Sunday in the ninth inning of the Phillies game will cost the closer seven games. Major League Baseball will suspend and fine Papelbon for a gesture that he made while leaving the game as fans booed him for blowing a save.
The Phillies released the following statement on Monday night regarding Papelbon's actions:
"The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner's Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday."
Papelbon will begin serving the suspension tonight against the San Diego Padres.
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