Red Sox pitcher arrested for domestic assault, but lawyer says it never happened

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested on Friday at his Tennessee home for domestic violence, according to police.

CBS reports that Wright’s lawyer, Alex Little, read a statement about the incident on Saturday morning that the couple worked together to write, stating the the baseball player never once “raised a hand” to his wife, but instead, was involved in a heated verbal altercation.

“On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault,” the lawyer said in a statement issued on behalf of the Wright family. “Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so.”

Kevin Gregg, senior director of media relations for the Red Sox, issued a statement on behalf of the baseball team, indicating that the matter would be taken seriously.

“We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this and for that reason, the club won’t have any further comment at this time.”

According to the Boston Herald, Wright was charged with “domestic assault and interference with telephone communications.” He was released on a $2,500 bail and due back in court on Dec. 21.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline for additional details.

[Feature Photo: Steven Wright/Williamson County Sheriff’s Office]