A former girlfriend of Sam Dyson accused the veteran MLB reliever of sexual battery, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a civil lawsuit.

The Athletic shared a statement from Robert Buschel, an attorney for Alexis Blackburn:

"Mr. Dyson has not accepted responsibility for his behavior, thus he has forced this matter to be tried and proven in front of a jury. We have no doubt that the findings of the jury will be identical to that of Major League Baseball and that Mr. Dyson will be held to account for his violent actions against Ms. Blackburn."

In March, MLB suspended Dyson for the 2021 season following an investigation into whether he violated its joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.