Major League Baseball is investigating allegations that Tampa Bay Rays catcher Derek Norris “physically and mentally abused” his former fiancée, according to an ESPN report.
Norris via his agent denied the allegations in a statement sent to our partners at the Tampa Bay Times.
"First, I want to be absolutely clear that abuse of any form, is completely unacceptable. Allegations regarding this issue are a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly under any circumstances. That being said, in this circumstance, the comments made by my ex-fiancee could not be further from the truth. I have NEVER been physically or emotionally abusive towards her, or anyone else in my life.
"I plan to go above and beyond to assist MLB with their investigation into this matter.''
Kristen Eck made the allegations against Norris in an Instagram post. Eck claimed Norris was “the man I was going to marry.” Eck also claimed she had $300 and no access to a car when she left Norris.
The Rays said they take allegations "very seriously" in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.
In the Instagram post, Eck did not specifically name Norris. However, a 2015 MLB.com video identifies Eck as Norris’ fiancée.
Norris, 28, has played in six MLB seasons with the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays signed Norris in March after the Washington Nationals released him in spring training.