Bud Selig: MLB domestic violence policy has been discussed

Friday September 12th, 2014

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that the league has discussed a policy of dealing with domestic violence cases among players in negotiations over the league's collective bargaining agreement.

"Yes, it has been discussed, because we're sensitive to all issues. But I'm not going to sit here and [hypothesize]," Selig said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "Fortunately we don't have that issue in front of us. But we deal with all issues."

Selig's comments come as the NFL is dealing with the fallout of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. TMZ released video of an incident during which Rice knocked out his soon-to-be wife in an elevator in Atlantic City. Upon the release of the full video, the Ravens cut Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has taken increasing heat over the situation, especially after the AP reported Wednesday that the NFL had been sent the full tape back in April — something that contradicted Goodell's claims this week.

Ray Rice, Roger Goodell face multiple legal options stemming from the elevator fight

Selig said he was thankful he couldn't remember the last domestic violence case involving an MLB player. He said talks could be renewed during negotiations over the next collective bargaining agreement. 

"We haven't had any cases I'm happy to say for a long, long time. I can't remember when the last time was," Selig said. "I'm grateful for that. But we deal with situations as they occur. The only thing I want to say, I've said it before and I'll say it again, we are a social institution and I'm proud of our record in dealing with a myriad of subjects, and we deal with them, I think, quite effectively."

-Brett LoGiurato

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