Boston Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright has accepted a 15-game suspension handed down from MLB for violating the league's domestic violence policy.
On Dec. 8, Wright was arrested at his home near Nashville, Tenn., and charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call after an altercation with his wife, which are each misdemeanors in the state. He was released on a $2,500 bond.
Two weeks later, Wright had the charges against him retired in Williamson County court. A retirement of charges is the first step toward dismissal assuming no other offenses occur in the next 12 months.
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At the time, Wright and his wife, Shannon, released a statement through Wright's lawyer, Alex Little.
"We are pleased that the recent case with Steven has been retired, and that we were able to resolve this matter quickly," the Wrights said in a statement. "We regret the attention this has caused our family, the Red Sox, and Major League Baseball. We remain committed to working together to improve our relationship."
MLB continued to investigate the incident, which resulted in Friday's suspension.
"Mr. Wright cooperated with the investigation," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "While it is clear that Mr. Wright regrets what transpired that evening, takes full responsibility for his actions, and has committed himself to the treatment and counseling components of the Policy, I have concluded that Mr. Wright's conduct on December 8th violated the Policy and warrants discipline.
"In addition to serving a 15-game suspension, Mr. Wright has agreed to speak to other players about what he has learned through this process, and to donate time and money to local organizations aimed at the prevention of, and the treatment of victims of, domestic violence."
Wright will begin serving his suspension with the start of the regular season, assuming he is on the active roster.
"We fully support MLB's Domestic Violence Policy, the discipline set forth by the Commissioner's office, and Steven's acceptance of the ruling," the Red Sox said in a statement. "While we are disappointed that this incident occurred, we are encouraged that Steven is taking meaningful steps to learn from this unfortunate incident."
Wright, 33, missed most of last season after undergoing knee surgery on May 8. The knuckleballer was an All-Star in 2016, going 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts.
Wright is expected to rejoin the Red Sox's rotation upon the completion of his suspension.
--Field Level Media