According to sources, Chicago police will interview all-star shortstop Starlin Castro this coming weekend when the star Cubs player returns from his home in the Dominican Republic to attend a fan convention. As it turns out, Castro is being accused of sexual assault, an incident that allegedly occurred last fall.
Word of these possible charges broke wind a few days ago, but it looks like it will be this weekend when we find out if anything will come into fruition.
An unidentified woman in her 20’s accused Castro of sexual assault this past fall after meeting the major leaguer at a nightclub. So far no charges have been filed and Castro’s reps are denying any allegations, of course.
WBBM Newsradio in Chicago reported that the alleged victim was at River North nightclub Sept. 29 when she met Castro. She then left with a friend after 3 a.m. CT to go to Castro’s apartment where the woman claims the assault took place. The woman was taken to the hospital the next day; around the same time Castro left the country for the off-season.
I’m sure new Cubs manager Dale Sveum hopes the allegations are false. Castro is without a doubt the most electrifying player in their lineup going into 2012.
Sveum told reporters Wednesday, “I don’t know all the details of all of it. But I don’t think it’s going to affect him. Right now, it’s what it is, and I think it’s being taken care of in the (proper) avenues, but I don’t think it’s going to affect him at all.”
Classic. I’m sure Sveum isn’t sweating it. Yet. Although I do like how he repeated himself–“But I don’t think it’s going to affect him at all.”
Honestly, I hope he’s right.
We’ve seen incidents like this unfold with major stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Kobe Bryant. I’m not going to play judge, especially before any of the facts are released. However, this is the world we live in. Athletes are just like everyone else and should be treated as such. It would be a shame to see something like this come out in regards to such a budding star.
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