Former Giants reliever Sam Dyson has been suspended for the entire 2021 season after MLB ruled he violated the league's domestic violence policy.
Dyson was accused of assault by his ex-girlfriend, Alexis Blackburn, in social media posts in November of 2019, a few months after the Giants dealt him to the Minnesota Twins. Blackburn initially went public on an Instagram page for her cat, detailing Dyson's violent behavior, which included kicking a box her cat was in. Blackburn later spoke to The Athletic and detailed the abuse she had been the victim of in a story that included pictures of bruises on her arms.
In a statement put out Friday afternoon, commissioner Rob Manfred said Dyson had accepted a suspension for the entire 2021 season and postseason under MLB's policy. He also will participate in a "confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board."
"My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Sam Dyson violated Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy," Manfred said in the statement. "Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Dyson violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate."
Dyson, now 32, pitched parts of three seasons for the Giants and was their closer at one point. He was dealt to the Twins in exchange for three minor leaguers at the trade deadline in 2019 but made just 12 appearances for Minnesota, posting a 7.15 ERA. Dyson had shoulder surgery that September and has been a free agent ever since. He spent last season rehabbing and late in the year posted a couple videos of bullpen sessions to his Instagram page.