A civil lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Alabama alleges that former MLB player and manager Omar Vizquel sexually harassed the ball boy when he was manager of the Chicago White Sox’s minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Barons, in 2019.
On the same day, the White Sox released a statement affirming that they took legal action against Vizquel following the lawsuit.
“After first learning of an alleged incident in late August 2019, the Chicago White Sox conducted an internal investigation that resulted in the termination of the organization’s relationship with Omar Vizquel,” the statement said. “Because this is active litigation, at this time the White Sox will not comment further regarding the allegations included in this lawsuit.”
The suit was filed by a former batboy for the Barons, alleging that Omar Vizquel harassed him by purposefully flashing him on five occasions, and that he also forced him into the shower with him to wash his back.
The man also claims that he was targeted by Vizquel due to his disability (he is on the autism spectrum.) After the incident, he allegedly told two other Barons employees and they proceeded to laugh at him.
According to the New York Post, the man accused the White Sox and the Barons, both of whom are listed as defendants on the lawsuit, of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act in addition to back pay, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
ESPN reported that the White Sox learned of the alleged incident in August 2019, leading them to terminate Vizquel immediately, even though he had only been the manager of the Barons for one season.
This is not the first time Vizquel has been accused of highly problematic behavior. The Hall of Fame candidate was also accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, Blanca, back in December of 2020.
She alleged that Vizquel physically abused her on two separate occasions, once in 2011 and 2016. According to both parties, a series of heated arguments led to their divorce, which also took place in late 2020.
Up until two weeks ago, Vizquel was managing the Tijuana Bulls in the Mexican Baseball League, but he was recently fired for unclear reasons. Vizquel has denied both the sexual harassment allegations and the domestic violence allegations.
According to ESPN, an attorney for Vizquel said he denied the allegations, but an investigation by MLB remains open. As of right now, no criminal charges have been filed against the former star shortstop.