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Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright charged with domestic assault

By Michael Silverman and Chris Villani
Boston Herald

December 11. 2017 5:35AM
Steven Wright (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports-File)

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has been released from jail in Tennessee after being arrested and charged with domestic assault after an argument with his wife Friday night.

According to a statement from Wright's lawyer, the argument between Wright and his wife, Shannon, never became physical.

The statement from the family reads: "On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault.

Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hands at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships strong, and we ask that you respect our privacy."

Wright's lawyer, Alex Little, said the couple worked together to compose the statement. He also said that Wright has no criminal record and that he was cooperative with the police when the officers responded to the home.

Kevin Gregg, senior director of media relations for the Red Sox, issued a statement on behalf of the club: "We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this, and for that reason, the club won't have any further comment at this time."

Wright was arrested in Williamson County, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville. Wright is due in court on Dec. 21 for an initial appearance. He was charged with domestic assault and interference with telephone communications, each of which is considered a misdemeanor in Tennessee. He was released on $2,500 bond.

The Wrights have two young children.

Wright, 33, who missed nearly all of last season due to knee surgery, is expected to be healthy for spring training and should been in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation for the Red Sox next season. He was an All-Star in 2016.

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