Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar was fired by the Blue Jays and banned from Major League Baseball Friday after a woman filed a workplace complaint against the special advisor alleging sexual harassment.
The complaint against Alomar, who served as a special advisor to commissioner Rob Manfred and Toronto since March 2017, was filed with the Blue Jays months ago, an incident that occurred several years earlier. According to TSN, the complainant is preparing a lawsuit against Alomar, the Blue Jays and MLB.
“At my office’s request, an independent investigation was conducted by an external legal firm to review an allegation of sexual misconduct reported by a baseball industry employee earlier this year involving Mr. Alomar in 2014,” a statement released by Manfred read. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence from the now completed investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB’s policies, and that termination of his consultant contract and placement on the MLB’s Ineligible List are warranted.”
Alomar spent two mediocre seasons with the Mets in 2002-’03.
Toronto released a statement expressing their support of MLB’s decision to terminate Alomar’s consultant contract.
“The Blue Jays are committed to advancing respect and equity in baseball and are taking further action by removing Alomar from the Level of Excellence and taking down his banner at Rogers Centre.”
After getting named to the Blue Jays’ Level of Excellence in 2008, Alomar was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame three years later. He was brought on as a special consultant to Manfred with the purpose of growing the sport in Puerto Rico, where he was born.
Alomar is the latest male employee in baseball to be accused of inappropriate behavior toward women. The Mets have been at the forefront of it all, with several men in management positions within the organization getting accused of different forms of sexual harassment over the last few months.
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