Tampa Bay Rays’ Derek Norris Facing Abuse Allegations


Tampa Bay Rays catcher Derek Norris is facing abuse allegations by his ex-fiancee that claim he “physically and mentally” abused her during her relationship, according to several reports.

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher is under investigation by Major League Baseball after his ex-fiancee alleged that the 28-year-old “physically and mentally” abused her while the two were in a relationship. The allegations can be found in an Instagram post written by Norris’ ex-fiancee, Kristen Eck.

Four years ago I went back to school to get my degree, shortly after, I moved across the country for love. Three years ago I was engaged. Two years ago I was planning a wedding. And one year ago I left the person I thought I was going to marry. I had beautiful moments with a man and I fell in love with a sense of humor and authentic soul that I wanted to spend my life with. I also was physically and emotionally abused by this beautiful man. He gave me a lifestyle most people only dreamed of, but it came at a price. I am forever thankful for the joy, love and laughter he shared with me. I am also forever grateful for the darkness I experienced. Because of that, today is more full of light than I would have ever expected. When I left I had $300 to my name, I had no access to money, I had no access to cars and was only given the courtesy to remove my items from our home. When I left, he and his family made sure I had nothing. But, that is far from true. I had my life, I had my family, I had my friends and I had the fight and heart that has been in me since I was a little girl. With the help of a stranger I met in an airport I was given the strength to get on my feet and fight to rebuild my life. I sold what “materialistic” items I was able to take with me in order to fly to San Diego and live until I could find a job. I found a job, I found a place to live and I found myself. As I sit here, shaking, scared to share a small glimpse of the last year of my life I can’t help but let tears fall down my cheeks. I just finished my last day of my school. I am officially a college graduate, living in my dream city, working for a great company, teaching yoga and more importantly I am free of anxiety and surrounded by the love, support, grace and kindness of my friends and family and strangers and the world. Thank you to everybody who listened to me vent. Thank you to those who held me as I cried for hours. Thank you for those that didn’t judge my nightmares. Thank you to those who supported my dreams. Thank you to those who encouraged me when I could finally laugh again. Thank you to those who gave advice. Thank you to those who didn’t speak and were just there.

A post shared by Kristen Eck (@kristenmeck) on Jun 5, 2017 at 9:45pm PDT

In the post, Eck wrote that Norris abused her both physically and mentally – and when the two ended the relationship, she was left with no money and no place to live.

“When I left I had $300 to my name, I had no access to money, I had no access to cars and was only given the courtesy to remove my items from our home,” Eck wrote. “When I left, he and his family made sure I had nothing. But, that is far from true. I had my life, I had my family, I had my friends and I had the fight and heart that has been in me since I was a little girl.

In a blog post, Eck described in detail a night when she says she was abused after confronting Norris about texts and phone calls on his phone with another woman.  Eck wrote that Norris placed her in a choke hold, grabbed her arms and pulled her hair and then cornered her in a bedroom.

“I took the phone and heard a female’s voice stating, ‘Are you going to talk to me?’ I knew who it was because I had seen texts and caught her calling Derek before… I approached our kitchen island with the phone in my hand and Derek approached me from behind and put me in a choke hold. At this time, I thought he wanted the phone. I threw the phone onto the kitchen island and tried to get away. Derek then grabbed by the back of my hair to pull me back to him. He eventually let go and as I turned around he grabbed me by my upper arms so i couldn’t leave as he tried to drunkenly explain that he wasn’t talking to another female,” Eck wrote.

Eck wrote that the two reconciled shortly after, but their relationship wasn’t the same following the incident.

Norris denied the allegations in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, writing they “could not be further from the truth.”

“First, I want to be absolutely clear that abuse of any form, is completely unacceptable,” Norris’ statement to the Times said.  “Allegations regarding this issue are a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly under any circumstances. That being said, in this circumstance, the comments made by my ex-fiancee could not be further from the truth. I have NEVER been physically or emotionally abusive towards her, or anyone else in my life.”

Norris has played for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and is currently with the Rays. He was released by the Washington Nationals early in spring training after they brought in Matt Wieters, and later signed by the Rays in March.

The Rays issued a statement saying that the organization will “fully cooperate” with MLB’s investigation. It’s unclear at this time if Norris has received any form of discipline or suspension by the league.

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