Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig will not receive punishment from Major League Baseball regarding an offseason bar fight.
The official statement from MLB on the Puig investigation: “The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has concluded its investigation into an alleged incident involving Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and his sister in a Miami-area nightclub on November 26, 2015. The investigation included interviews of witnesses, including Puig and his sister, as well as a review of video footage from inside the nightclub at the time of the alleged incident.
“The Office of the Commissioner’s investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation; both Puig and his sister denied that an assault occurred; and the available video evidence did not support the allegation. Thus, barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, no discipline will be imposed on Puig in connection with the alleged incident.”
Puig was pleased with the decision, finding out the verdict after a 7-3 spring training game win over the Colorado Rockies.
“I’m happy with the results of the investigation and can concentrate on this year and give my best.”
“Obviously, the situation is out of my hands,” he said. “I just came here to work hard. I’m happy with my lawyers, happy with the league’s lawyers and just happy it was resolved.”
There were never any charges filed, nor was anyone ever arrested regarding the incident. According to reports at the time of the incident, the Miami Police Department concluded that Puig was in an altercation with a bouncer, but never shoved his sister, which was what TMZ Sports was reporting at the time.
“The Dodgers are pleased with MLB’s findings following their thorough investigation,” the team said in a statement. “Yasiel can now put this matter behind him and focus solely on the season ahead.”
Puig was has been a lightning rod for the Dodgers on the field, hitting .294 with 46 home runs and 149 RBI over his first three years in the MLB.
Manager Dave Roberts was excited to hear the good news, saying, “It’s good to hear. Now we can move forward, he can move forward and just worry about getting ready for the season. He did a good job of focusing on the job at hand, but obviously until there’s a resolution and final decision, it’s still kind of lingering. Now that we have some finality, we can move forward.”