A day before the court appearance of LA Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias (27), who is at a crossroads in his career, specific circumstances surrounding the assault charges are being revealed.
According to a report by media outlets such as TMZ Sports on the 25th and 26th (Korean time) citing sources from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Urias used violence against the victim, including pushing her and pulling her hair on the day of the accident. It is reported that during this process, scars were left on the victim’s neck and face, and he also suffered a nosebleed. However, it is unclear whether he actually swung his fist.안전놀이터
The incident took place at BMO Stadium in LA on the 4th. On this day, Urias, who was invited to Lionel Messi’s Major League Soccer (MLS), was taking commemorative photos at the request of female fans around him during the game. At this time, the woman accompanying Urias got angry and said, “I’ll go home first,” and left toward the exit.
Then, Urias followed and while trying to stop her from returning home, he grabbed the woman by the hand, pushed her strongly against the safety fence, and pulled her hair. As a result, abrasions appeared on the victim’s neck and face. The media reported that he also had a nosebleed.
A nearby spectator who saw this reported it to the police, and Urias was arrested by security guards patrolling the area and detained by the Los Angeles Police (LAPD). He was released the next day (5th) after posting bail of $50,000 (about 67.5 million won), and the first trial is scheduled to be held on the 28th.
After the incident became known, the Major League Baseball office placed the player on indefinite administrative leave and is currently investigating the matter while waiting for the court’s decision. In principle, salaries are paid during administrative leave.
In addition, his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is also proceeding with a firm process. With administrative leave, participation became impossible, and just a week later, on the 12th, seats (lockers) in the clubhouse were removed. Around the same time, a wall was also placed on the mural inside the stadium. It looks like they are cutting their losses early. (The mural was replaced with a painting of catchers Austin Barnes and Will Smith a few days later.)
This solemn atmosphere is interpreted to be due to the recurrence of similar charges. Urias has already caused controversy once in 2019. He was also accused of pushing his female partner and causing her to fall down in a public place.
At the time, LA prosecutors withheld judicial proceedings for several reasons. First of all, the woman who was the victim recanted her statement (saying that she fell because of her own mistake), and it is interpreted that the precedent that it is difficult for minor domestic violence to be convicted in an actual court has played a role.
However, the charges themselves were not dropped. The prosecution announced that it would postpone prosecution for 52 weeks on the condition that the same type of illegal activity does not occur again. For example, it is a suspended indictment. Based on this, the Major League office issued a 20-game suspension even though there was no judicial action. Afterwards, the parties’ explanation also became controversial. The criticism was that it was consistent with excuses without any apology.
Moreover, the charges this time are more serious than four years ago. In 2019, what was applied was simple domestic violence (domestic battery). This provision applies when the victim is not actually injured, but when aggressive or intentional illegal contact occurs. Actions such as pushing, holding hands, or restraining. If found guilty, a fine of up to $2,000 (approximately 2.7 million won) or a prison sentence of up to one year may be imposed.
On the other hand, this time he is charged with domestic violence charges. This is a crime that applies when physical harm is inflicted on a (former) spouse or (former) cohabitant. In this case, once a report is received, judicial proceedings proceed regardless of whether there is an agreement with the victim or not. A fine of up to $6,000 (approximately 8.1 million won) or imprisonment for more than one year may be imposed.
Meanwhile, sanctions appear inevitable in Mexico, Urias’ home country. Mexican League President Horacio La Vega said in an interview with ESPN on the 26th, “I wouldn’t rule out the possibility in the future, but I don’t think it is appropriate for him to be eligible to play in official games in Mexico under the current circumstances.”