This story has been updated to reflect information from a source familiar with the investigation.
San Francisco Giants managing general partner and CEO Larry Baer will not be charged in connection with a March 1 altercation with his wife in Hayes Valley, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.
“After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges,” said Alex Bastian, a San Francisco DA spokesman.
Cell phone video of the incident, filmed by a bystander and published on TMZ Sports, shows Baer stepping over his wife of 29 years, Pam, who is seated at a table in a public space in San Francisco, and then suddenly trying to grab a cell phone from out of her right hand.
Pam Baer, who has an injured foot, screams, “Oh my god, no!” as she falls to the ground. In a second clip, bystanders yell at her to “get the f**k away from him,” as Baer tells his wife, “Stop. Pam, stop,” as he walks away. Pam Baer continues to repeat, “Oh my god.”
Police told the Examiner that they were investigating the incident the day it occurred, and the office of Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, also began an investigation.
A source familiar with the investigation told the Examiner explained that the short video posted to TMZ only showed a brief moment in a longer argument. The source went on to confirm that a security camera at a clothing store on Hayes Street captured the longer argument, and that the video, along with witness statements, helped prosecutors in making their decision.
The source confirmed what was reported earlier by the San Francisco Chronicle: That the video shows Baer and his wife in a 25-minute-long verbal argument before things turn physical. At one point, Baer is seen looking at his phone, then showing it to his wife before she reaches for it, unsuccessfully. She reaches for it a second time before eventually grabbing it. The video then shows Larry Baer trying to get the phone back, as Pam Baer shields it with her body. Baer goes for the phone for a third time, which is when the TMZ video begins.
In a statement released that evening, Baer said the incident was “not reflective of the kind of a person that I aspire to be.” Pam Baer also released a statement, calling the incident a public argument between man and wife, in which she took his cell phone, and the Giants CEO tried to grab it back.
“I started to get up and the chair I was sitting in began to tip. Due to an injury I sustained in my foot three days ago, I lost my balance,” Pam Baer said. “I did not sustain any injury based on what happened … Larry and I always have been and still are happily married.”
Since the incident became public, Baer has taken a leave of absence from the Giants, who have had a cadre of executives take over his day-to-day duties, and named Robert Dean as the team’s designated control person in league matters. On Monday, civic leaders, including mayor London Breed, have called for further discipline.
Baer — part of the ownership group that bought the club in 1993, was among those responsible for signing Barry Bonds and saving the team from moving to Tampa — has been the managing general partner of the team since 2008, taking over after the late Peter Magowan retired. He was named Giants CEO in 2011, succeeding Bill Neukom.