Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer sues Deadspin, alleges defamation


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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is suing the owner of Deadspin, alleging the website defamed him while he faced sexual assault charges.

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Bauer announced the lawsuit on Twitter Thursday evening and shared the court filing. In the 25-page complaint, Bauer’s lawyers say a July 6 article about the sexual assault allegations falsely accuses him of fracturing the woman’s skull – part of what the lawsuit claims to do part of a years-long “relentless attack” on the pitcher by Deadspin “in an attempt to humiliate him and ruin his baseball career.”

Last June, a San Diego woman told police that Bauer assaulted her during two consensual sexual encounters at her home in Los Angeles County. His request for a permanent restraining order was denied, and prosecutors declined to prosecute him, citing lack of evidence.

Bauer’s lawsuit argues that a medical record attached to court documents for the restraining order shows that the woman did not have a fractured skull, but that Deadspin “pushed the false narrative anyway.” He cited, in particular, a July 6 article written by editor Chris Baud and published as “Trevor Bauer Should Never Cast Again.”

Other outlets that originally reported the woman suffered a fractured skull have updated their reports, Bauer’s suit said. Deadspin did not.

Baud is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as is Deadspin owner G/O Media, Inc. Neither had commented on the lawsuit as of Friday noon.

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The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, and Bauer sought a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Bauer was placed on administrative leave on July 2 and did not pitch for the remainder of the season. The 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers ahead of the 2021 season. Prior to his departure, he was 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts for Los Angeles.

MLB conducted its own investigation of Bauer, 31, and could still take disciplinary action.


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