Major League Baseball announced a 324-game suspension for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday 29th April.
This suspension is the equivalent of two full seasons and by far the most severe punishment handed out under the sport's domestic violence policy.
Bauer make a statement he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to appeal punishment through MLB's domestic violence policy.
"In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league's domestic violence and sexual assault policy," Bauer's statement.
Bauer, 31, was accused of sexual assault by a San Diego woman who requested a restraining order and essentially alleged last April and May.
An L.A. judge denied the woman a permanent restraining order in August, and the L.A. County District Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges in February.
Hours after the suspension was announced, the Washington Post published an interview with a woman from Columbus, Ohio, who accused the pitcher.
Bauer joined the Dodgers on a three-year, $102 million contract in February 2021, on the heels of winning the National League Cy Young Award for 2020.
He spent the last 81 regular-season games on administrative leave, plus an additional 18 to begin the 2022 season.
Bauer's suspension, if it holds through the appeal, would last until the 19th game of 2024 season, by point his three-year contract with the Dodgers will have expired.
The Dodgers will not be paying Bauer, who stands to lose around $28 million this year and $32 million next year.