Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon will not face charges stemming from an ugly incident with a fan on Opening Day.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that an Oakland Police Department spokesperson said the case is closed. The official also revealed that no victim ever came forward. Investigators had looked into a misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor battery complaint.
Although Rendon was not named in the report, it cited a player wearing an Angels uniform.
During the Angels’ March 30 game at Oakland Coliseum against the Oakland Athletics, Rendon engaged in an altercation with a fan. A viral video showed him grabbing the fan’s shirt and cursing at him, while the fan talked back to Rendon.
The fan had allegedly heckled Rendon as the Angels came off the field.
“What did you say?” Rendon asked the fan. “You called me a *****. … Yeah, you did, yeah ************.”
One video of the altercation has had almost 13 million views.
Wow! Uncool! pic.twitter.com/FNRFWL46A0
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MLB suspended Rendon for five games. Rendon refused to comment at the time.
The 32-year-old Rendon, who signed a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels before the 2020 season, struggled the past two years with injuries and at the plate but has seen a resurgence in 2023. While his power remains mysteriously missing — one home run in 103 at-bats this year — he’s slashing .301/.415/.369.