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Tampa Bay Rays part with team doctor of 20 years following sexual abuse allegations

The Tampa Bay Rays announced they’ve ended their contract with their team physician, Dr. Michael Reilly, in a press release Tuesday.

The statement reads: “The Tampa Bay Rays have ended our contractual relationship with Dr. Michael Reilly, a team physician, and he is no longer affiliated with the organization.”

No other details were provided other than that brief statement.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the reason for his termination stems from a YouTube video in which a woman accuses Reilly of touching her inappropriately in his St. Petersburg medical office 8-10 years ago.

The Rays suspended the 67-year-old Reilly, who had been their team doctor for all 20 of their MLB seasons, before deciding to inform their full staff and announce his termination, the Times reported.

The woman, who posted the YouTube video under the name Brianna Rah, said her sexual abuse experience lasted about three years.

“I know he’s done this to other people,” she said in the video. “And I’ve debated making a video for years. And I finally thought if I have to put my face out there, if it’s going to save another person from being sexually abused from this person, then so be it.”

The woman said she worked at Reilly’s St. Petersburg medical office as a teenager and that he touched her in exam rooms.

“It just progressively got worse and worse,” she said in the video. “There were times in the office when he would ask for me during hours to come into his office and he would shut the door and try and kiss me.”

The Times reported the Rays told St. Petersburg police about the allegations, and police department investigators are in a “fact-finding stage and determining whether charges should be filed.”

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