San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is taking ”personal time” away from the team in the wake of a physical altercation with his wife that was captured on video over late last week.
On Friday, TMZ Sports posted footage of Baer knocking his wife, Pam, to the ground during an altercation in a public park in San Francisco, while his wife screamed for help.
After news of the spat began to surfaced both Pam and Larry chalked the whole thing up to a martial misunderstanding. Pam said she would NOT be pressing charges, and life had gone back to normal.
Until this morning, Baer issued a statement admitting his behavior was “unacceptable” and that he will be taking time away from they team.
For their part the Giants board of directors issued a statement saying,
“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.”
The team says they are also “closely monitoring the matter” and still gathering information.
“Major League Baseball is taking the lead in gathering all facts surrounding the situation. The organization is cooperating fully with the process.”
Baer began his career with the Giants since 1996, starting as Chief Operating Officer, then moving on to team President in 2008, and CEO in January 2012.
He was also considered a key piece of San Francisco’s efforts to recruit Bryce Harper.