ST PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays have severed ties with team doctor Michael Reilly after a YouTube video was published of a woman alleging inappropriate behavior by Reilly nearly a decade ago.
"The Tampa Bay Rays have ended our contractual relationship with Dr. Michael Reilly, a team physician, and he is no longer affiliated with the organization," the team said in a statement.
Reilly was initially suspended after the video, posted by user Brianna Rah, was published on Jan. 17:
The team also informed St. Petersburg police of the allegations.
"The police department is looking into the allegations," the department said in a statement. "We are fact finding at this point."
In a statement through attorney Cathleen Bell Bremmer, Reilly denied the allegations, adding that he is "sympathetic to the pain she has expressed."
"We did, however, have a consensual relationship when she was an adult, which I regret," he said. "I’ve dedicated my life to medicine and making our community a better place to live, so having my reputation tarnished in this manner is disturbing."
Reilly, who has a private practice near downtown St. Petersburg, has been the Rays' doctor since the team's inception 20 years ago. He was also the Tampa Bay Lightning's team doctor from 1992 to 2002.
Late Tuesday, he released a statement through his attorney:
I recently watched the YouTube video. While I am deeply troubled by the allegations made, I am sympathetic to the pain she has expressed.
I deny her allegations of sexual abuse. We did, however, have a consensual relationship when she was an adult, which I regret.
I’ve dedicated my life to medicine and making our community a better place to live, so having my reputation tarnished in this manner is disturbing.
The video has already had serious repercussions for me and my family. As a result, I am consulting with legal counsel, and I am not in a position to say anything further at this time.
In the meantime I ask that you allow my family and me our privacy as the process plays out.
Mike Reilly, M.D.
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