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MLB, Blue Jays fire Roberto Alomar after sexual misconduct investigation

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Roberto Alomar will reportedly face a lawsuit over the alleged incident. (CP Images)
Roberto Alomar will reportedly face a lawsuit over the alleged incident. (CP Images)

Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays have fired Roberto Alomar after a woman filed a workplace complaint against the Hall of Fame second baseman alleging sexual harassment.

Alomar will be placed on the league’s ineligible list, therefore banning him from working in any league office or for any team in the majors or affiliated minors.

TSN's Rick Westhead first reported the news.

Alomar, a two-time World Series champion with the Blue Jays, has worked on MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s competition committee and with the Blue Jays as a special assistant in recent years. His contract with the league as a consultant in Puerto Rico has also been terminated, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi

This decision was made after MLB hired an external law firm to investigate the allegation and presented its findings to Manfred.

"Commissioner Manfred concluded that Alomar violated MLB's policies following an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct that was recently made against Alomar from an incident that occurred in 2014," the team said in a statement. "Based upon this conclusion and our review of the investigation's findings, the Blue Jays are severing all ties with Alomar, effective immediately."

The team also announced it will be removing Alomar from the Level of Excellence and taking down his banner at Rogers Centre. 

The complainant is reportedly preparing a lawsuit against Alomar, the MLB and the Blue Jays organization.

"We commend the courage demonstrated by the individual who bravely came forward, and in order to respect their privacy, the organization will have no further comment at this time," the team said.

Alomar released a statement shortly after the announcement.

"I am disappointed, surprised, and upset with today's news," Alomar said. "With the current social climate, I understand why Major League Baseball has taken the position they have. 

"My hope is that this allegation can be heard in a venue that will allow me to address the accusation directly," he said. "I will continue to spend my time helping kids pursue their baseball dreams. I will not be making any further comment at this time."

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