Major League Baseball has placed Jose Reyes on paid administrative leave while he attends to criminal proceedings in Hawaii, the league announced Tuesday. Reyes was arrested in November on domestic violence charges after he allegedly grabbed his wife off a hotel bed and slammed her into a sliding glass door.
The move was announced by commissioner Rob Manfred, whose office is leading an investigation into the incident that is separate from the criminal case. Manfred cited the MLB's six-month-old Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy as the basis for Reyes' paid leave.
While this is the first time that MLB has placed a player on paid leave during a domestic violence investigation, there is precedent in another professional sport. The National Football League placed defensive end Greg Hardy on its exempt/commissioner's permission list for most of the 2014 season, which amounted to a voluntary paid leave of absence before suspending him for four games.
The MLBPA released a statement about the decision, saying it will "work with Mr. Reyes to ensure that all of his rights under the Policy are protected." Full statement:
#MLBPA issues statement concerning #JoseReyes ... pic.twitter.com/PXJvtYJNwV— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) February 23, 2016