Yakult Swallows player Wladimir Balentien apologized to his fans with regard to his arrest over a domestic violence incident. Balentien issued the apology a few days after he plead not guilty to the charges filed against him. He reportedly entered his wife’s Florida home illegally by pulling screens. Once inside, he grabbed his wife’s arm as she hurried up the stairs and locked himself with his her in the bedroom.
Balentien arrived in Japan after being freed on bail by a Florida court. He gave the apology in a press conference following his arrival in the country. Adhering to Japanese custom, Balentien bowed deeply before apologizing. “I want to apologize to my fans, the Swallows’ organization and my teammates for all the things that have gone on,” he said. Famous for breaking the Nippon Professional Baseball league’s single-season record of 55 last year with his 60 home-runs, the former Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners MLB player said, “I’m glad I arrived in time for spring training and want to do my best to help the team win a lot of game this season.”
The Curacao-born player is now keen on putting the incident in the past. He told reporters that “It’s now time to focus on baseball and that’s what I intend to do.” He is now in the country for training season and does not need to attend arraignment. However, should it end in a trial, it will be done in the U.S. after the season. He describes the incident as “not a good feeling” and something that he wouldn’t want “anyone to go through.” Balentien is scheduled to attend divorce proceedings in U.S. in May.