Atlanta Braves' outfielder Olivera
charged in hotel assault
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[April 14, 2016]
By Justin Madden
(Reuters) - Atlanta Braves outfielder
Hector Olivera has been charged with assault following a dispute with a
woman at a Virginia hotel, police said on Wednesday, and has been
suspended from play while the incident is investigated.
Police arrived at the Ritz-Carlton just outside of Washington at
6:51 a.m. on Wednesday after a woman reported she was assaulted by a
man, according to a statement by the Arlington County Police
The woman had visible bruising on her body and was taken to Virginia
Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries, the statement
said. Her condition was not immediately known.
The man, later identified by a police spokeswoman as Olivera, had
been staying at the hotel and was taken into custody and later
charged with assault and battery. The Braves are in Washington to
play the Nationals.
Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said the woman and Olivera knew
each other, but was unsure of the status of their relationship.
Olivera and the woman had consumed alcohol before law enforcement
officials were called, Savage said.
Olivera's agent did not immediately respond to a request for
comment, nor did Ritz-Carlton representatives.
"We are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the
allegations involving Hector Olivera," the Braves said in a
statement. "We will continue to gather information and will address
this matter appropriately as we determine the facts."
Major League Baseball has placed Olivera on administrative leave,
effective immediately, consistent with the league's Joint Domestic
Violence Policy, said Patrick Courtney, an MLB spokesman. The
commissioner's office has opened an investigation into the incident,
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Olivera, 31, joined the Braves last July as part of a three-team
trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he had signed a
six-year, $62.5 million contract last May after defecting from Cuba.
ESPN reported that Olivera would continue to receive his $4 million
salary while on leave.
Bond was set at $10,000 for the charges, police said. Olivera was
expected to post bail at some point on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Justin Madden in Chicago; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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