I’m not tone deaf or unaware of the CBS Chicago report making the rounds this morning. Given the seriousness of the allegations and the lack of complete information in the report, I thought it best not to discuss the substance of the allegations here. If you’d like to read the report, here it is. In short, a woman alleges Starlin Castro sexually assaulted her in September.
I think we should all be very careful about what we say about this for now. I’m not putting my head in the sand, but I just think we, as fans, should be very careful. That’s all. And, for that reason, I don’t think it’s the right thing – for the alleged victim, for Castro, for me, or the fans – to share my completely uneducated thoughts on the subject.
Similarly, I’d ask you to all think very, very carefully before you type something for the world to see about the reported allegations.
The only reason I’m writing about them now is because the Cubs have issued a statement, which is worth sharing, and taking to heart:
We are aware that a police report was filed regarding an incident involving Starlin, but we have received limited information. While this is something we take very seriously, there is not enough information to make any further comment or take action at this time. We are hopeful when the facts are brought to light, Starlin will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Starlin Castro’s attorneys also released a statement:
We are aware of certain allegations that have been made against our client, Starlin Castro. We have thoroughly investigated this matter, and we are confident that these allegations are baseless. Given the sensitive nature of this matter, we cannot comment any further.
Let me again be perfectly clear: the allegations are serious. The information is spotty. In the grand scheme of things, you and I know nothing about the ultimate truth. In my considered opinion, it’s best left there for now.