Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera will not be charged for a domestic abuse case dating back to an alleged incident at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino on Memorial Day.
Herrera was released from an Atlantic City, New Jersey courtroom Wednesday after his girlfriend recently declined to press charges for the event back in May. The Phillie will now be forced to partake in 60 days of counseling or the case will be re-opened. (RELATED: Former NFL Quarterback Anthony Wright Shot Multiple Times)
Here is a video of Herrera and his girlfriend after leaving the Atlantic City Municipal Court:
Phillies pitcher Odubel Herrera and his girlfriend leave Atlantic City Municipal court hand in hand after she declined to press charges that he assaulted her in a casino. He will get counseling for 60 days. pic.twitter.com/5FYPyWulJM
— Amy S. Rosenberg (@amysrosenberg) July 3, 2019
The prosecutor ruled that there was insufficient independent evidence of assault in the hotel room as Herrera’s girlfriend was the only alleged witness.
The MLB currently has Herrera on administrative leave as commissioner Rob Manfred may still decide to suspend the left-handed batter.
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) July 3, 2019
The Phillies opted to remove all photos and banners of Herrera throughout Citizens Bank Park after the allegations were released to the public. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what the NL East ball club decides to do with the career .276 hitter.
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It will be a difficult decision for the Phillies as bringing back a player with this type of situation into a locker room that is contending for a divisional title may not be the smartest move. I would personally be surprised if Herrera ever suits up again in a Phillies uniform.
If Herrera does return to the team, however, his bat would surely help provide some power on a depleted bench.
Now, we wait and see what the MLB and the Philadelphia Phillies decide to do after the outfielder completes his 60-day counseling.