Pittsburgh police won't charge anyone after wife of Reds pitcher alleges assault
By Margaret Harding
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 11:09 a.m.
Pittsburgh police said Wednesday that they won't charge anyone in connection with a PNC Park bar brawl involving the wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos.
“It really was much ado about nothing,” police Sgt. John Fisher said.
Dallas Latos' Twitter account recounted the incident with a tweet that a Pirates fan punched her in the back of the head several times during Tuesday night's National League Wild Card Game.
Latos, who could not be reached for comment, said police did not thoroughly investigate what happened at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar in the right-field corner of the ballpark.
“We have contacted the Pirates regarding the incident,” said Reds spokesman Rob Butcher. “We have no further comment.”
Latos writes a blog, “So I married a baseball player ...,” for an affiliate of MLB.com. An avid Twitter user, in April she posted a list of rules for a Reds drinking game and said: “Please drink responsibly (don't wet the bed).”
Fisher said officers identified a woman they believe assaulted Latos but didn't arrest her because officers did not see the fight. Had they seen something, they might have cited her, but not arrested her, he said.
“The person who assaulted her had her story to tell, that she was pushed and shoved, and her hair was pulled,” Fisher said.
He said officers told Latos and others involved that they could pursue private criminal complaints through a magistrate.
Police said they responded to a call for help from stadium security about 9:30 p.m. and found 20 to 30 Pirates and Reds fans shouting profanities and threats. Fisher, who oversees off-duty officers assigned to the ballpark, said officers ejected seven people from the stadium, including two from Latos' party.
Latos did not complain of any injuries to officers and declined medical treatment, Fisher said. He said it appeared that she and others involved were intoxicated.
“This was just overzealous fans, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, who bantered back and forth,” he said.
The Bowtie Bar is about 10 sections away from the designated secure-seating area reserved for players' wives and family members, Fisher said.
Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said security staff followed procedure.
Police made no arrests during the game.
Separately, Fisher said police won't charge a man who leapt from the Roberto Clemente Bridge into the Allegheny River during a postgame fan celebration. A video of the man's jump appeared on YouTube. He swam to shore.
Margaret Harding is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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