No one denies the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, Trevor Bauer, choked, beat, and battered a woman during sex at his house this spring.
What we don’t know is whether Bauer’s reputation and career will survive the blowback from the salacious details that have already come out with a judge’s ruling Thursday.
A woman who said that Bauer sexually assaulted her was seeking a long-term restraining order to keep Bauer away. Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman ruled against the civil domestic violence order, saying Bauer poses no threat to the woman and that the injuries she suffered from having sex with him were the consequence of the type of sex she had asked him for.
“We consider in a sexual encounter that when a woman says no she should be believed,” Gould-Saltman said. “So what should we do when she says yes?”
It was a bold decision, particularly for a female judge who will suffer backlash from the #MeToo people as well as the social justice mob on Twitter. The court of public opinion — especially social media’s kangaroo court, where #MeToo trials are held — might not be so forgiving.