Free agent outfielder Hector Olivera will spend a grand total of 10 days in a Virginia jail for a domestic assault incident in Virginia earlier this year. Olivera was sentenced on Thursday in Arlington County, receiving a guilty verdict.
Olivera was actually sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail, but the presiding judge took 80 days off of the sentence. That is a significant reduction, which likely occurred in part because the offense was considered a misdemeanor. Perhaps the judge felt he had a good dose of punishment in his life as a result by now.
Olivera was charged for a misdemeanor domestic assault on his girlfriend when playing for the Atlanta Braves. The incident occurred during a road trip to play the Washington Nationals. She called police and claimed to have been assaulted by Olivera. Police responding to the call described visual bruises on the woman, who was treated at a nearby hospital.
Major League Baseball suspended Olivera for 82 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. The Braves later traded Olivera to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Matt Kemp, and the Padres waived Olivera last month. No team has touched Olivera since, and at this point in the season it would stand to reason that will remain the case until the offseason.
As a reminder, one general rule in life is to never hit a woman. It’s a pretty simple rule to follow, yet so many continue to struggle with it.