Sports | April 30, 2021 3:07 pm

MLB Bans Hall-of-Famer Roberto Alomar Over 2014 Allegation of Sexual Misconduct

The 12-time All-Star has been placed on the league's ineligible list following an investigation

Roberto Alomar
Longtime Toronto Blue Jays player Roberto Alomar acknowledges fans.
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Following an independent investigation by an external law firm into a charge of sexual misconduct that allegedly took place in 2014, Major League Baseball has fired Roberto Alomar from his role as a consultant with the league and placed the 12-time All-Star on the league’s ineligible list.

“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 MLB’s Ineligible List are warranted,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “We are grateful for the courage of the individual who came forward. MLB will continue to strive to create environments in which people feel comfortable speaking up without fear of recrimination, retaliation, or exclusion.”

In order to protect the privacy of the baseball industry employee who made the allegation against Alomar, MLB said it will not disclose any further details about the incident.

Alomar, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011 after spending 17 seasons in the big leaues with the San Diego Padres, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks,  said he was “disappointed, surprised, and upset” with MLB’s decision but also understood it.

In addition to losing his job with MLB, Alomar also lost his position as a special assistant with the Blue Jays. In addition to firing Alomar immediately, the club will be removing him from their Level of Excellence and taking down his banner from Rogers Centre.

Though higher-ups in Cooperstown were “shocked and saddened” by Alomar’s actions, his plaque will remain on display at the Hall of Fame, according to Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark.

“His enshrinement reflects his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at that time,” she said in a statement.