Vizquel sued by ex-bat boy for sexual harassment


An autistic man accused longtime main league participant Omar Vizquel of sexual harassment whereas he was managing a Chicago White Sox minor league affiliate, alleging in a civil lawsuit filed this week that Vizquel had uncovered his penis a number of instances and compelled the person to wash his again whereas Vizquel showered.

The person, whose identify ESPN is withholding as a result of the allegations contain sexual misconduct, was a bat boy for the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox’s Double-A affiliate, when Vizquel managed the staff in 2019. The lawsuit particulars alleged “sexually aggressive habits” that included “not less than 5 events” through which “Vizquel intentionally uncovered his erect or partially erect penis” to the person.

On Aug. 22, 2019, in accordance with the lawsuit, Vizquel emerged bare from a bathe, handed the person a bar of cleaning soap and stated: “Wash my rattling again!” The person, “humiliated, intimidated, and scared of what would occur if he disobeyed … complied with Vizquel’s demand,” in accordance with the criticism. Afterward, the criticism continues, a number of Barons workers members — together with a clubhouse supervisor who, upon the person’s hiring, allegedly instructed him: “Every little thing that occurs within the clubhouse stays within the clubhouse” — laughed when instructed he had washed Vizquel’s again.

The lawsuit, filed by the 25-year-old man in U.S. District Court docket in Alabama and first reported by Conduct Detrimental, accuses the White Sox and Barons of violating the People With Disabilities Act and seeks again pay and damages.

In a press release, the White Sox stated: “After first studying of an alleged incident in late August 2019, the Chicago White Sox performed an inner investigation that resulted within the termination of the group’s relationship with Omar Vizquel. As a result of that is energetic litigation, at the moment the White Sox won’t remark additional relating to the allegations included on this lawsuit.”

Vizquel, 54, was accused final yr by his spouse, Blanca, of a number of situations of bodily abuse. He was arrested as soon as however not charged. Vizquel has denied abusing his spouse, who initiated divorce proceedings final yr. Main League Baseball has acknowledged investigating Vizquel’s private {and professional} conduct, although he has not been employed by a company because the White Sox fired him. The investigation stays open, in accordance with a supply.

Makes an attempt to achieve Vizquel by means of his agent had been unsuccessful.

Vizquel was fired final week as supervisor of the Tijuana Bulls within the Mexican Baseball League after two seasons.

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