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Giants CEO Won't Be Charged For Public Struggle With Wife

But Larry Baer could be punished elsewhere

Phil Matier
March 20, 2019 - 10:41 am

SAN FRANCISCO — District Attorney George Gascon has decided not to charge San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer for his public struggle with his wife that toppled her from a chair. 

That tussle in Hayes Valley earlier this month was seen in a brief viral video, triggering calls to punish Baer from domestic violence advocates and Mayor London Breed. 

Gascon's office said the evidence doesn't merit filing criminal charges.

"After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges," the statement said on Tuesday.

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KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said on Wednesday that another video of the incident, with far more footage, played a key role in Gascon's decision.

"We've all - or most of America - has seen the TMZ video that shows Larry Baer reaching for, or trying to grab a cell phone from his wife, and she falls over at a park in San Francisco," he said. "Now one of the reasons why the district attorney didn't charge is that there were no visible injuries on Pam Baer, and that Larry Baer has no previous history of incidents like this. But the capper was - there is a second video."

It's a security video from a nearby clothing store's surveillance camera - and it's much longer than the snippet revealed by TMZ. The video showed a prolonged argument in which Baer showed his cellphone to his wife several times. It culminates with Baer reaching to get it back from his wife, who clutches it, falls from her chair and screams, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

"It shows a 25 minute discussion/argument between Larry Baer and his wife .... it's a different set up than what you saw on TMZ," Matier said. 

The couple initially released a statement saying the conflict stemmed from a family matter and was resolved. 

Baer, who has taken a leave of absence from the Giants, isn't off the hook, according to Matier, not by a long shot. 

"Larry Baer has still got problems in terms of the court of public opinion," he said. "During the investigation of this by police, he was pretty much silent. He issued a statement saying he was apologetic, but that wasn't enough for domestic violence opponents and bullying opponents, who've worked with the Giants closely over the years."

When they didn't get the apology they wanted, Matier said, they took action. It led to a letter from a coalition of leading Bay Area domestic violence opponents demanding that Baer be disciplined and possibly suspended. "Then [San Francisco> Mayor London Breed backed that letter ... so now Larry Baer  has a Major League Baseball investigation with political implications, when you have the mayor of a city saying you should maybe be suspended," Matier said.  

Matier believes Baer erred by failing to immediately and publicly take responsibility for his behavior.

"That's what you're supposed to do, you're supposed to come out, apologize and seek treatment," he said. "Nine players in Major League Baseball have been suspended since they started a no domestic violence policy in 2015. Owners are being held to a higher standard. That's just a fact of life. You're overseeing suspending others, you're a civic leader, you're held to a higher standard." 

Written by Diana Shook