MLB Investigating Rays Catcher Derek Norris

Derek Norris

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Major League Baseball is investigating accusations of domestic violence against Tampa Bay Rays Catcher Derek Norris.

His agent sent a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that said his client denies any wrongdoing.  But soon after that, his accuser posted a blog detailing the alleged abuse.

Kristin Eck is the former fiancee of Norris.  She posted her story on the website, where she detailed what happened on October 20th, 2015 at their home in Wichita, Kansas.  Eck said that Norris had been drinking, and she caught him talking to another woman on his cell phone.  After taking away his phone, Eck said Norris pulled her hair and put her in a choke hold.

You can read the complete blog post HERE.

Eck doesn't plan to pursue criminal charges against the 28-year old.  She broke up with Norris eight months after the incident.

MLB, however, is investigating the incident under its domestic violence policy.  He could be suspended without pay under league rules.

Norris is in his first season with the Rays after spending the previous two with the San Diego Padres.

He began his career with Oakland Athletics.

Norris is hitting .194 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 43 games this season with Tampa Bay.


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