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MLB Suspends Jonathan Papelbon 7 Games For Lewd Gesture – Video

Miami Marlins v Philadelphia PhilliesPhiladelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was fined an unsidsclosed amount and suspended seven games by MLB for making an obscne gesture towrds the fans in a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. Papelbon will begin serving the suspension immediately, meaning he’ll be eligible to pitch again Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The Phillies issued a statement following the suspension.

“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior,” the Phillies said in a statement Monday. “By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”

papelbon-2Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he walked to the dugout and was ejected by crew chief Joe West. He jogged out of the dugout and got into a face-to-face argument with West, who grasped the pitcher’s jersey to hold him off, and Papelbon then argued with first base umpire Marty Foster. Papelbon threw a cup of liquid on the field before leaving the dugout.

Papelbon denied gesturing lewdly toward fans and said boos had no impact on him.

“This is baseball,” Papelbon said. “I had to make an adjustment and I did it and by no means am I directing anything at any fans. … When I’m out there and in the moment, the fans are irrelevant to me. I don’t see them. I don’t hear them. To me, this is pretty stupid, to be totally honest with you.

Judge for yourself.

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