In January, it was reported that Starlin Castro was the subject of a sexual assault claim, stemming from a September 2011 incident. Castro has since been interviewed by police, and the case has been more fully investigated.

Today, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office revealed that Castro will not be charged.

“The State’s Attorney’s office in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department conducted a comprehensive review and investigation and as a result found insufficient evidence to bring forth criminal charges,” said spokeswoman Sally Daly, according to the Sun-Times.

The office spoke to “any available witness,” said Daly, according to the Tribune. Daly added that “all of the facts of the case were examined very closely, [and] the review of the case was exhaustive.”

Paul Kinzer, Castro’s agent, said he was relieved to hear the news.

“That’s the way we all felt,” Kinzer said of the decision, and his confidence that the result would be a positive one. “We were confident. It’s taken a while. They had to take care of their business …. We’re just happy they got it right. If it takes time, then whatever, to make sure they got it right …. Obviously, it hasn’t been a distraction. He’s a remarkable kid. Nothing distracts him. He’s very focused.’’

This is good news for the Chicago Cubs and for Castro. Let’s be thoughtful before making comments.

  • ty

    That is really good news on a bad baseball day.

  • Spencer

    Kudos on the last sentence.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


  • MichiganGoat

    Um… Does this mean the State can file charges against Byrd for 1st Degree Suckitude.

    • Njriv

      cheap shot

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      Could be Goat, but I understand that it will be a class action suit against the whole team.

  • FromFenwayPahk

    Brett, thanks for your thoughtful reporting of this unfortunate story. I’m glad that I’m not in the dark, and less discomfited not being dragged toward The Dark; as some outlets might. You’ve struck the right tone for 21st Century journalism.
    I pray this is the end of this story for us and (as much as it can be) for them.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks. I just try to be what I’d like to see. It rarely matter, because I’m usually writing about (relatively) trivial things like skinned knees, Draft picks, and lost games. But, when it matters, I feel like there’s a right way to do things.

      • ColoCubFan

        Damn lawyers!!! (kidding)

  • Kevin

    Brett, you have a way making a terrible season more enjoyable. I look forward reading your posts everyday. You are a class act and bleed Cub blue.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Kevin (and Curt).

  • Curt

    Indeed thanks are given to Brett to keep us off the ledge, bc it feels like the dog days already and it’s only April, no one ever said it would be easy and it’s not, but once theo/ hoyer get it turned around maybe well stay there awhile.

  • pigeon

    thank goodness

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