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Red Sox report: Steven Wright discusses domestic abuse case

Rob Bradford
February 14, 2018 - 1:45 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Steven Wright met with the media for the first time since his domestic abuse arrest, Wednesday. And at first, the Red Sox pitcher offered the impression that any conversation on the subject would be brief.

"I’m not allowed to talk about that yet," Wright said. "MLB is still doing their investigation. Once they finish their investigation, I’ll be able to talk about it a little more."

But then the knuckleballer opened up on the matter (at least a bit more).

"It’s been tough," he said. "You try to do things, handle things especially at a personal level. You try to handle them with the family. It just got to the point where law enforcement got involved, which is tough, because I really want to at least tell my side of the story. When it comes out, you obviously think of the worst. But it wasn’t that bad, especially on a personal level, especially because I never touched her. That’s probably the hardest thing, for me to sit there and see people talk about being a wife-beater and all that stuff and I didn’t even make physical contact. That’s pretty much all I’m really allowed to say right now because I want to honor MLB and their investigation. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, I’ll have a better idea of what’s going to come of that."

Wright added, "That’s how I’ve pretty much been in my life. I respect pretty much everyone around me. That’s kind of how I grew up. That’s the thing – it’s life. Things happen. Sometimes it’s unfortunate, but when you’re in the limelight like we are, things get magnified. When you hear something like that, you definitely always expect the worst. It’s been a humbling experience. I’ve got to watch, there are some things personally that I’ve got to work on, that can help not only in my relationship with my wife and my family but in baseball and life in general."

The 33-year-old is currently under investigation by MLB for the December incident involving his wife, Shannon. There is no timetable regarding the decision, which could end up in a suspension. Wright's season may be delayed anyway due to his recovery from knee surgery. He still hasn't thrown off a mound.

"It definitely got escalated in that one particular night. We’ve been going to counseling," Wright noted. "We’ve been working through it. We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night. It’s just hard. You get labeled as somebody that’s a wife-beater when you don’t even make physical contact. I’m looking forward to telling that side of the story, about what happens, because people will understand a little bit more about what happened. It’s not what you’re reading as far as you hear about domestic violence."

Wright was arrested on a domestic assault violation on Dec. 8 after his wife called 911. He was freed the next day on a $2,500 bond.

The Yankees' Aroldis Chapman was suspended for 30 games for his domestic abuse violation in 2016, with the ruling coming down on March 1. The reliever was allowed to parcipate in spring training games.

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