Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers left the team for several weeks after he was accused of beating his wife on a Boston street, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies were criticized by domestic violence advocates for having Myers pitch against the Boston Red Sox the day after the episode. “We abhor such violence and recognize that it is a very serious problem affecting a substantial number of victims, particularly women, across the country,” said Phillies president David Montgomery.
“I have never seen so much public support in opposing domestic violence,” said Roberta Hacker of Women in Transition, which counsels women. Kim Myers told Boston police she believed “she was hit two times with her husband’s closed fist.” One witness told police that Myers had his wife “by the hair, pulling her,” and watched him “smack” her in the face.