carlos marmol yesChicago Cubs closer – and he’s been told he’s still the closer – Carlos Marmol has arrived in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training, and, as you’d expect, the first questions he addressed were about the sexual assault allegations he’s been facing in the Dominican Republic.

As the Cubs have been, Marmol was pretty adamant about what is going on: he believes the accuser is trying to smear Marmol’s reputation in an attempt to scare him into just paying her to go away.

Not only did Marmol tell reporters that he didn’t do anything wrong, he and his lawyers are seeking criminal charges against his accuser. That squares with what Theo Epstein has said, openly suggesting that Marmol could actually be the victim here.

According to Marmol, when his accuser went to police, she initially requested money. Marmol explained that he simply gave the woman a ride, and the first he learned of the accusations was later when his accuser was talking about it on the radio. He called the situation “frustrating,” and said he’s “pissed off,” given that he knows he didn’t do anything wrong.

It’s possible he’ll still have to head back to the DR at some point as the case resolves itself, but – taking his comments together with the Cubs’ public statements in support of Marmol – this seems like the kind of thing that will end quietly and positively for Marmol.

  • MichCubFan

    was it alleged sexual assault or physical assault (beating)?

    • Brett


  • J. Edwards

    Man, if this is a scam and someone is trying to leverage a criminal accusation against a big leaguer in order to get paid it hurts everyone.

    It’s hard enough for women to be honest about legitimate rape/abuse accusations, especially in the public limelight against a millionaire player. I’m afraid there ARE too many cases where honest accusations aren’t taken seriously and get paid to go away.

    But when people lie about those accusations to reap a payday it heaps cynicism on the legitimate concerns and frustrates the process for those in real trouble.

    Obviously we don’t know what really happened in this case, but it’s fair to say that sometimes people suck.

    • CubFan Paul

      “I’m afraid there ARE too many cases where honest accusations aren’t taken seriously and get paid to go away”

      Ben Roethlisberger.

    • Katie

      J. Edwards, that’s an excellent point. I’m not going to say anything other than that because I don’t want a bunch of poo flinging like we had when Castro was in the same boat.

  • CubFan Paul

    Isn’t Marmol married with children?

    Married men don’t give rides to 24yr old girls…

    • Cubbie Blues

      Love and marriage, it’s an institute you can’t despair it. At the most *something*, you will say it’s an elementary.

      • waittilthisyear

        institute you can disparage. ask your local gentry, and they will says its elementary

        • Cubbie Blues

          Thanks for cleaning up after me.

    • Marc N.

      Maybe she was the babysitter. In that case, Simpsons did it.

      • MaxM1908

        Mmmmmmm. Gummy Venus di Milo….aaaaaaahhhhhaahh.

    • Westbound Willie

      I certainly believe the guy. When was the last time a married guy assaulted another women and actually did it? Plus Marmol throws a pretty good fastball.? Forget about it………..

    • BT

      That’s about as fair as saying she was asking for it by getting in the car with him.

  • Pingback: Carlos Marmol Talks About the Awkwardness of Being (Kind of) Traded, and About His Future | Bleacher Nation | Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Commentary()