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Domestic Violence Charge Against Phillies' Odubel Herrera Dismissed

He was charged with simple assault related to an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. The couple left court Wednesday holding hands.

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    Domestic Abuse Charge Against Phillies Outfielder Odubel Herrera Dismissed

    A New Jersey judge dismissed a simple assault charge against Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera on Wednesday. Herrera's girlfriend suffered injuries to her arms during an incident at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. The couple left court holding hands and told the judge they were in couple's counseling.

    (Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A domestic violence charge against Odubel Herrera was dropped Wednesday in an Atlantic City courtroom.

    • Herrera, who is on paid administrative leave from the Phillies, must continue with counselling.

    • Herrera left court holding hands with his girlfriend. The former All-star's attorney said the couple hopes to put this incident behind them.

    A domestic violence charge against Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera was dismissed Wednesday at a New Jersey courthouse.

    Herrera was charged with simple assault in May following allegations from that he attacked his 20-year-old girlfriend at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

    According to a police report, she "had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute."

    Despite the allegations, Herrera's girlfriend said in court Wednesday that she didn't want to proceed with charges against her boyfriend, who is in counseling. The couple held hands as they left the courthouse. 

    The Phillies "immediately reported the incident to Major League Baseball," according to a statement from the team.

    Herrera has since been under paid administrative leave and has remained away from the team. The paid leave ends on Friday and at that point his status will be addressed, Major League Baseball spokesman Mike Teevan said. MLB has the option of suspending him.

    Herrera is in the third year of a five-year, $30-million contract. The Phillies hold club options for the following two years.