MLB's Domestic Violence Policy Faces Test As Julio Urías Arrested Again

Photo: Instagram/Julio Urías

Julio Urías' recent arrest stands in stark contrast to his claims of personal growth.

Back in May 2019, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery at a Los Angeles mall, but charges were dropped on the condition that he completed a 52-week domestic counseling program and avoided violence for a year. MLB suspended him for 20 games, and Urías and the Dodgers vowed he'd learn from the incident.

However, Urías's arrest on Sunday night, charged with felony corporal injury against a spouse, paints a grim picture. This incident marks a significant departure from typical cases under MLB's domestic violence policy because Urías is now a repeat offender.

Photo: Instagram/Julio Urías

The primary goal of the policy is to protect victims and balance punishment with rehabilitation for the accused. Urías, now 27, was expected to face significant professional consequences for his behavior.

It's likely he won't pitch for the Dodgers again this year and could have faced a lucrative contract if not for this incident. His past success was built on the belief that he had learned from his earlier actions, but that trust may never return among fans.

This case presents a critical test for MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, as he must consider how to handle a second strike under the domestic violence policy. Regardless of the outcome, Urías' future in the sport is uncertain, as his conduct may have crossed a line where talent no longer justifies his presence in the league.
His story serves as a cautionary tale about the challenges of rehabilitating alleged abusers, even when they claim to have changed.

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Source: USA Today

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