Last week we heard about (and SAW) the CEO of a major league baseball team getting into a physical ‘brawl’ with his wife Pam at a public park, knocking her off her chair to the ground. Now, we learn what the repercussions of his self-proclaimed ‘unacceptable behavior’ are going to be.
TMZ reported on Friday that “San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer was involved in a physical altercation with his wife at a public park Friday ... with his wife screaming as he knocks her to the ground -- and it was all captured on video.
“Multiple people witnessed Baer and his wife, Pam, in a loud verbal argument around noon on Friday at a park in San Fran. At one point, Larry was trying to pry a cell phone out of Pam's hands, which she clearly did not want to give up.”
Social media was livid at Baer’s actions toward his wife, many of him calling for him to resign or be fired.
"This is what he does I public. Wonder what he does when no one's looking?! Unacceptable!!!!"
Well, that’s exactly what has happened!
This morning, TMZ is reporting, “San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer says he's stepping away from the MLB team to take some 'personal time' in the wake of a physical altercation with his wife that was captured on video."
While it’s not an official resignation, it appears that Baer did the smart thing and got ahead of the media and took action before he could be forced into anything. Time will tell if he will return after his self-imposed ‘sabbatical’ or if his temporary break will evolve into a permanent one.
The Giants are more than likely waiting to see what the public relations fallout will be and whether or not Baer appears to be sufficiently contrite over the incident to deserve his spot back as CEO of the team.
“Both Pam and Larry had chalked the whole thing up to a marital spat that got out of hand -- Pam said she would NOT be pursuing charges and had already forgiven her husband. “
And the board of directors of the team has issued a statement that seems to be pointing toward forgiveness as well.
"Mr. Baer has acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organization and is committed to taking steps to make sure that this never happens again.
"He has also requested, and the board has accepted, his request to take personal time away from the Giants beginning today. The Board has asked the Giants executive team to manage the day to day operations of the Club during this period, reporting directly to the Board."
Although it looks as though the incident will be chalked up to letting his emotions get the best of him, Baer is not completely out of hot water quite yet. The board, in its statement, emphasized that they would be “closely monitoring the matter."
That most likely translates as: they will wait for MLB to conduct a thorough investigation before making a final decision about Baer’s future.
Now, fans are still talking, sharing their opinions about the latest move. Some think Pam Baer overplayed her part.
“SIR, take your a** back to work. You snatched something from your overly dramatic wife. From the looks of it she was getting on your last nerve. This #metoo #domesticviolence All eyes on me crap is getting old.
But some beg to differ:
“Dear sportswriters: Pam Baer did not fall from the chair. Larry Baer yanked her out of it.”
Some fans think he didn’t go far enough with his ‘leave.’
“Let him go. If a fan did that at a game he would be kicked out. The Giants organization and Giants fans have a rep for being fun and enthusiastic. Players talk about how great is to play in SF, which comes from the top. His abusiveness is contrary to that.
Others point to the fact that at least he stepped up and admitted fault.
“At the least, Larry Baer had to go away for a while. But that video will never go away. Hard to see any return that isn’t awkward. However, also awkward (as @RattoIndy pointed out) is the fact that he is one of the bosses. How does MLB come down on this? Players will be watching.”
Baer’s history with the Giants organization has been a long one. He was named COO 1996, president of the team in 2008, and finally CEO in 2012. During Baer’s tenure with the team, the Giants have won the World Series three times and the National League pennant four times.
This story is developing. Check back for updates as the matter continues to unfold.