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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.

  • Carl

    Jesus Christ I really hope this isn’t true.

  • JulioZuleta

    Not to say he didn’t do anything wrong, but I really don’t see how any of this could stand up in court. She says she blacked out, he can say she consented, and how can she argue that without lying?

    • Mike

      I hope you are right Zuleta. For everyone’s sake, Castro’s, the fans’, the victim’s, etc.

  • Toosh

    Innocent until PROVEN guilty.

  • Tom B

    Can’t agree with you more Brett. As much as I’d like to comment on this, it’s really better to wait it out and here all of the details before commenting.

  • Eric

    sounds like a case of 2 very stupid young people (barely above 20) drinking at a bar together, one getting so drunk they they eventually blacked out.  Stupid stupid people.  And yes I’m calling them both stupid.  Why on God’s earth do people have to drink so much alcohol.

    • CubFan Paul

      ..to get drunk

    • Mike

      The report says this occured between 3:00am and 5:30am when most people are sleeping. She may not have blacked out but just fallen asleep. Drinking and trying to stay awake at that time of night are never the best policies to try to follow.

  • Noah

    I think the one thing we can comment on, and that we should keep in mind if case we ever have a friend/sister/etc. in a bad situation like the one alleged here is that they should get treatment immediately. I have no idea what actually happened here, but it’s going to be very difficult to prove that he sexually asaulted this woman (or potentially to even have enough to file charges) because the physical evidence would have degraded a huge amount (if it still existed) by the time she received treatment.

    So, just as a public service announcement, if you do know someone who has been sexually assaulted, do everything in your power to get them to a hospital immediately. Not only is it the right idea from a health standpoint, it will make it much easier for them to pursue charges against the accused.

  • JulioZuleta

    Let’s distinguish something here. This is not Ben Roethlisberger having his muscle guard the bathroom door at a club to not allow anyone in or out. This is two people who stayed out drinking together until 3 am, then the girl AND her friend WILLINGLY (albeit under the influence of alcohol) went back to Starlin’s apartment. To steal a line from Brett, you could “drive a truck” through her story. According to the report, the girl admittedly “blacked out” and “came to” with Starlin on top of her. She claims to have “screamed and yelled” and then ran out of the apartment. According to the story, 12 hours later she went to the hospital. Speaking fresh off a new year’s eve blackout, I can tell you that at least for me, a 6’1″ 215 pound 23 year old man, I don’t just “come to” out of a blackout ready to run around. As a matter of fact, I can tell you that I never even remember the first few minutes after waking up.

    ***I am not in anyway saying a crime wasn’t committed. Furthermore, even if a crime technically was NOT committed, I still think Starlin should be better than banging blacked out girls like a pathetic frat boy. I am just saying that personally, this doesn’t quite have the same credibility as some other sexual assault accusations against athletes in recent years.***

    I’m tempted not to click submit on this. I don’t want any one to think I am taking accusations lightly. I just hate how the general public takes someone’s allegations, presented to us by writers who tend to selectively report and sensationalize certain things, as Gospel.

    • guy

      This is exactly the kind of rationalized dismissal of the allegations that people shouldn’t be doing. I realize you engaged in some hardcore CYA in your post but come on – with almost no details released you’re already making a bunch of thin-air dismissals of the allegations and story, doing your best to poke holes and make excuses.

      To take your points in order:

      1. Who cares if she willingly returned to his apartment. That’s NOT permission to have sex with her, and totally irrelevant.

      2. Many rape victims don’t go to the hospital right away. That’s extremely common behavior, and does not imply anything about the veracity of her claims. Many rape victims never make it to the hospital.

      3. If I woke up after passing out from drinking to find someone raping me, I assure you, I’d kick and scream and run away too and so would you.

      4. Having sex with a blacked out girl is not “pathetic frat boy” behavior. It’s rape. Full stop. Popping your collar and drinking jello shots is pathetic frat boy behavior. What happened here, if true as alleged, is sex without consent. Defining away this kind of rape by assigning it to a category of silly, stupid frat boy behavior minimizes the very nature of the act and is totally unacceptable.

      Obligatory statement: we don’t know what actually happened, he’s innocent until proven guilty, etc.

      • JulioZuleta

        Trust me, I’m not dismissing it. I just don’t think it’s right for these types of reports to even be published until they’re resolved. I just know that people have a tendancy to read reports as fact. If this turned out to be true, I’d say throw the book at him and get him the hell off of our team and into prison. I just hate to see a kid’s clean reputation and future damaged by reports that people all too often interpret as fact.

        Let me clarify the frat boy comment. I should have made it read “targeting extremely drunk girls for the sole purpose of sex” as opposed to “having sex with blacked out girls”. You’re absolutely right, if a girl is too drunk to consent, it’s absolutely rape. Sorry if it seemed like a made light of it.

        I’ve just already seen people on several sites, and had some of my friends text me saying, “Starlin is a rapist”, “Get him out of Chicago”… and several other emotional reactions. There is nothing lower on this planet than a rapist/sexual predator. Let’s just give it time to develop before making a judgement either way. For now, I am cautiously hopeful that this turns out to be untrue. Notice I did not say “I hope this goes away”. If it is true, I sure as hell don’t want it to be swept under the rug. Having a sister, a girlfriend, 2 nieces and several female friends in the Chicago, the last thing I want is some one like that roaming the streets.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    This does not necessarily mean anything, but since it is a factual matter alleged in the original report (that Castro hasn’t been back to the States since the alleged incident):

    Shortstop Starlin Castro, who was in town last week to meet with team president Theo Epstein, could be in line for a contract extension that buys out some of his arbitration years. But his agent,Paul Kinzer, said Castro is in no rush. ‘‘He’s going to get paid well soon enough anyhow,’’ Kinzer said.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/8946373-573/carlos-zambrano-hit-in-face-by-line-drive.html (dated November 19, 2011)

  • guy

    Obviously people are innocent until proven guilty, details are sketchy, and we don’t know what really happened.

    But let’s not let the fact that we’re Cubs fans and Castro fans prevent us from treating this extremely seriously. Raping a passed out woman is completely unacceptable and atrocious behavior, and if he’s guilty he deserves to go to jail. We should NOT be blaming the victim or assuming that she is making things up or exaggerating what happened. It’s exceedingly difficult to prosecute rape cases, and there is a terrible history in this country of not taking rape allegations seriously. It’s OK to remain undecided about what happened but it is extremely important that we do not attack the accuser or dismiss anything out of hand.

  • Curt

    All I’ll say is wait fr the facts don’t guess like espn ,and last I’ve always said not much good comes after midnight hardly ever it’s usually trouble. Just sayin.

    • JulioZuleta

      I’ve actually been impressed that ESPN hasn’t had this on TV or the internet yet.

  • Deer

    Cubs may need to change their marketing strategy. I’m guessing Castro was a big piece of it and even if he’s innocent, it will turn a lot of people off.

  • die hard

    My only concern is that if this is in September, what is he doing drinking? A serious youngster in the majors would or should be staying in the best shape he could and working on his game moves, not his social moves. But, wait and see is best advice Brett aka JD, has ever given us citizens.

  • Matt

    Does anyone counsel young players to NOT put themselves in these types of situations? Whether the allegations have any merit or not, this kind of late night drunken behavior leaves you open to all kinds of things – all of them negative.

  • Cheryl

    The best thing to do is wait until more is known and even then we may never know what happened. Concentrate on baseball, not on this.

  • ogyu

    “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.”

    It’s great to see everyone taking Brett’s sage advice so seriously…

  • auggie1955

    I think I need to comment here. I hope I don’t go over the line, but I am only stating facts as I know. You see I work at a grocery store downtown right next door to where Castro and his family (mother, father, and cousins) were living. I even got a hat autographed by Castro. It may have been the night in question I saw Starlin checking out in one of the lanes with his arms around this woman. This would have been around 11:45 pm as the store closes at midnight.

    • die hard

      the subpoena for your testimony is on the way

  • Hawkeye

    Isn’t Castro only 20?

    • RoughRiider

      Born March 24, 1990

  • RoughRiider

    This report is so disappointing on so many levels. I hope Starlin did not rape or attempt rape as alleged. I, for one, will not say anything else until there is a resolution to the matter.

  • Sandberg

    Just for the record, you can be blacked out and still walking and talking. Being blacked out and “waking up” to sex is not necessarily rape.

    • Boog

      bingo

  • Mike In Southern IL

    Castro is young. Here is a quote to think about:

    “When you are young, there are a lot of things you don’t know…like, you are young, and there are a lot of things you don’t know.”

    Let’s wait and see all the evidence before we crucify the young fella. She must have been drinking too, though that would not excuse his actions if this was not consensual. They both made bad choices by placing themselves in this situation…dear God, I hope this is all a mistake.

  • Daniel Guerra

    The woman was drinking and she said she blacked out. That’s the issue! You ever drink so much, do something stupid, and regret it the next day? Sounds to me like it was one of those nights. People should take responsibility for there own actions. Think about it, I go to a club with some buddies and I meet a girl. The girl and I get drunk together. I’ll ask her if she’d like to hang out at my place. If she says yes, then 99% of the time I’ll end up doing the hanky panky with her at my place. Sometimes I regret it, sometimes I don’t.

    Castro will be fine, I guarantee it. Nothing to be worried about.

  • Joe

    Theres not a chance starlin will be found guilty. He’ll have top notch lawyers, working on a shotty report from the “victim”. It just seems like another person trying to take advantage of a celebrity. Starlin wont face any MLB discipline. I dont know the guy so as long as he isnt suspended or in jail i could care less.

  • notcubbiewubbie

    the biggest problem with this is no matter if he is innocent the damage is done and the media will have a field day with it. i want it known that just because this guy is our star player i am not taking his side until all the facts are out.

  • http://msn brian

    I don’t what happened,I wasn’t there.
    Iwill say this,nothing good can come out of being in a bar at 3 am.

  • SAM

    If Castro Raped a women he should be prosecuted. If the Lady in question is found to have lied she should be prosecuted. I dont judge anybody untill all the facts are known too many dishonest people in the world.

  • http://www.givejonadollar.com Jon @ Givejonadollar.com

    I’m not condemning or condoning as I don’t know the details on the Starlin case.

    I do, however, want to share a story.

    I had a good male friend of mine at a university that was out drinking with us all one night. A crazy girl he had sexual intercourse with once before………..ended up getting away from our group…….and we lost her that night.

    My friend had went home early because he DIDN’T want to have sex with her. In truth, she was nasty, and he really regretted it. The next day, later in the day, we find out she claims she got raped.

    Long story short………the story turned back on my friend…….and since she was blacked out………she started throwing names out of people who she thought might have done it.

    One of the names included myself!

    I was beyond mad. We got an apology later, and she cleared our names, but it was a tumultuous period as our name was floated to a lot of close friends and the word spread like wildfire.

    Just like this Starlin story. It’s almost like the old quote that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put it’s pants on.
    Long story short again, I would just take allegations like this with a grain of salt. I can only imagine what that same girl would have done if my friend and I were making Starlin Castro money and had that type of status.

    There are a lot of girls who will eat someone like Starlin alive if he isn’t careful.

    Did he do it? I don’t know. But, people should take things like this with a grain of salt until more information is released.

  • Leo

    Well, this is a touchy subject. At first, I was a little dissapointed that I we would not get updates form Brett but i do see that isnt going to be the case. But i do agree with Brett that We should be careful about what we Post. Certainly, many valid points to be made and many of these should be debated. I however look at this site for fun and enjoyment in a non seroius way. (other than the fact that I seroiusly want the cubs to win a World Series). Someone is going to take a comment the wrong way or worse someone is going to make a comment just to be a pain in the Ass. I just hope this gets resolved aprropiately. I do hope It works out for Castro because I am a cub fan but more so I am a fan of doing the right thing.

    ps i could not find a way to comment on the star wars all star team but i thought it was hilaroius. i was wondering if Theo will use a Jedi mind trick to convince soriano to give up his no trade clause and then another another Gm to take him.

  • Eric S

    DAMMIT! Regardless of what happens with Starlin I’m considered this will ruin his reputation with non-fans. Look at the “Kobe case” and other examples of allegations that have taken place that have damaged reputations by celebrities, athletes, and alike. Just like Ryan Braun’s reputation will be damaged by “one bad decision” (No other tests were positive the whole year) I too am afraid that even if this turns out not to be true the fact that his name was linked to anything negative will forever be linked with a damaging allegation. We can only hope it’s not true, and that Starlin is able to move on unscathed.

  • Timmy

    “New face of the franchise.”

  • ctmcwilli

    Quote from Brett ” 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. ”

    **GASP** I know the majority of the board posters are pretty good but asking web-people to restrain themselves is like asking my 8 yr old son to not tell mommy that I let him stay up past his bed time.

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