The domestic abuse charges against Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes will be dropped by Maui prosecutors.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Reyes’s wife was not cooperating with the prosecutors, thus ending the case against the 32-year old baseball player less than a week before his case was scheduled to go to trial April 4. Deputy prosecuting attorney Kerry Glen offered the following statement to the AP after revealing that the case was no longer being pursued by her team.
“The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes’ wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness,” Glen said. “At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution.”
Reyes was accused of throwing his wife through a sliding glass door while in Hawaii last Halloween. The two were staying at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort when, according to the AP, Reyes’s wife sustained injuries to her leg and neck. Reyes pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family or household member.
The Rockies and MLB released statements soon thereafter, with the league eventually moving to suspend Reyes while it completed its investigation.
Glen said that she will request the case be dropped without prejudice, and Reyes’s wife will have until Oct. 31, 2017, to cooperate and move forward with refiled charges.
Reyes, New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig were among the first players to be subject to Major League Baseball’s new domestic abuse policy. Despite the dropped charges, his indefinite suspension by the MLB is still in place for the time being.
Chapman was suspended for 30 games under the new domestic abuse policy in early March after the MLB completed an investigation of the matter. Chapman elected not to appeal and will serve the entirety of the suspension.