Phillies manager Gabe Kapler met with the assembled media in the wake of Tuesday’s news that outfielder Odúbel Herrera was arrested and charged with domestic violence. His response was about as perfect as anyone could hope:
Gabe Kapler: It was “incredibly important” to hold team meeting on domestic violence
“It’s incredibly disturbing. It is unacceptable every time”
Gabe started the Gabe Kapler Foundation for his wife at the time because she was in an abusive relationship in HS & opened a shelter pic.twitter.com/9WaFrUUqzA
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 28, 2019
Kudos to Kapler for getting out in front of this and, while not addressing the charges against his player, reenforcing the organizational belief that there is no excuse for domestic violence. Kapler aided his then-wife Lisa in the creation of the Gabe Kapler Foundation with the stated purpose:
“…to mainly create programs that would help people secure themselves from any type of violence. “
I know Gabe catches flack for his lengthy responses and at times seems a bit calculated because of it, but this was a great showing by the Phillies manager.