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MLB looking into Sam Dyson after girlfriend posts abuse allegations


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Sam Dyson’s girlfriend has accused him of being abusive toward her and his cat in multiple Instagram posts.

Alexis Blackburn said she is “broken” and has “allowed more things to happen than I want to admit” in a message Tuesday on her personal account that appears to be about Dyson, the former Giants reliever. Blackburn also runs the account for Snuckles, Dyson’s cat, and in a post from the cat’s point of view, Blackburn alleged the free agent abused both Snuckles and Blackburn.

Major League Baseball said it is aware of the allegations and is looking into the posts.

“Mom has put up with a lot and some people won’t believe her and that’s okay,” the post from Snuckles’ account reads. “This isn’t about believing a person or situation. This is about safety at this point. Mom took me to grandmas for good because unlike my previous ‘safe space,’ GRANDMAS is a safe space. I don’t have to worry about getting hurt because of anger or control. I don’t have to be scared of yelling and things being hurled at mom and me.”

The post contains two pictures, one of Snuckles on a Halloween-themed box plaything, and another of that box smashed.

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Long post 💜 I want to say a few things about this box. This was the first year I got this box. I am turning 12 soon and this was my first time ever getting this cute box from target. I loved this box. I was able to jump on top of it, look outside, scratch the top, go under and play hide and seek, look through the little window to see what’s going on. I loved this box. As you can see in the second photo, someone I trusted with my safety, protection, and love did the unthinkable while I was inside the box. No one deserves to have their trust broken, but to have your trust broken and not understand why is the hardest thing to grasp at this point. Mom has put up with a lot and some people won’t believe her and that’s okay. This isn’t about believing a person or situation. This is about safety at this point. Mom took me to grandmas for good because unlike my previous “safe space,” GRANDMAS is a safe space. I don’t have to worry about getting hurt because of anger or control. I don’t have to be scared of yelling and things being hurled at mom and me. I don’t have to be scared anymore. This was a preventable incident. This did not need to happen, but it did. The moment I, Snuckles, got involved was the moment mom said goodbye. Love your fur babies enough to do the right thing. At the end of the day we don’t make people do anything. We can’t control their actions and behaviors. What we can control is how we deal with the situation. Mom won’t allow there to be a second incident because my mom truly loves me enough to say goodbye to toxic behavior and people. No one deserves to be intimidated, scared, worthless, and hopeless. Please remember that. Everyone deserves real happiness 💜 • • #snuckles #standupforyourself #safespace #catslove #thistooshallpass #thetruthwillsetyoufree #animalactivist #bethechange

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“[S]omeone I trusted with my safety, protection, and love did the unthinkable while I was inside the box,” the post reads. “No one deserves to have their trust broken.”

In her personal Instagram, Blackburn suggested she has removed herself from the relationship.

“I’ve closed a chapter in my life,” she wrote. “This has been the hardest decision I have ever made, but I have to put myself before anyone else. I’m proud of myself. It takes strength and courage to speak and stand up for what’s right.”

The Giants traded for Dyson during the 2017 season, and he pitched in San Francisco until this year’s trade deadline, when they flipped him to Minnesota. Shortly after the trade, the 31-year-old needed surgery to repair a torn capsule in his right shoulder. He’s not expected to pitch in 2020 and is a free agent.

 

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