Japanese baseball team Rakuten Eagles have stated they will follow through with their recent contract signing of the New York Yankees’ Andruw Jones, despite his arrest this week on suspicion of battering his wife. The 35 year old outfielder signed with the Japanese Pacific League team just over a week ago in a $3.5 million deal that sees him play for one year.
Police were called to the baseball player’s home in Atlanta, Georgia during the early morning hours of Christmas Day following a domestic dispute between Jones and his wife. While police took him into custody, he was later released on $2,400 bail. In responding to question about whether Jones’ contract would be annulled after the arrest, a Rakuten Eagles spokesman said that was not a possibility at this point, and further, it was the club’s understanding that he did nothing wrong.
Yoshiki Sato, the Eagles’ public relations director, says they spoke to Jones who explained that he had too much to drink at a Christmas Eve party, and then got into a heated argument with his wife, who ended up calling the police. Representatives have added that his wife was not physically assaulted. In an additional statement from the team, Jones has issued a sincere apology for worrying the Rakuten Eagles and its fans, while club president Yozo Tachibana has asked the five-time All Star to be more aware of his actions.