Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs throws the ball to first base for the out during a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
A Chicago woman has accused Starlin Castro of sexual assault. This story broke earlier Friday morning at CBS Chicago via WBBM radio reporter Mike Krauser. Here are some of the details from that report:
[The woman] claims that she was drinking with friends at a River North nightclub on the night of Sept. 29 when she met Castro.
Sources say she and a friend left the bar at 3 a.m. and went to the 21-year-old Castro’s apartment on State Street nearby.
According to the police report, the alleged victim said she blacked out.
She told police she came to, and found the alleged offender – Castro, according to our sources – sexually assaulting her.
The heavily redacted police report offers little information.
It says that when she woke up she screamed and yelled at her alleged attacker, and left the apartment at about 5:30 a.m. getting a ride home from her friend.
The article goes on to say that the woman waited 12 hours to get medical treatment and that neither the Cubs, nor Castro's agent Paul Kinzer, nor police had any further comment.
Later, two attorneys for Castro, Jay K. Reisinger and Michael P. Gillespie, made a statement reported by Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk:
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.
I think that statement is one we all have to keep in mind. It is a very sensitive matter and we know very little at this time. According to this article on the Cubs website, Castro is scheduled to attend the Cubs Convention, which begins a week from today. The original CBS Chicago report indicates that Chicago police want to talk to Castro about the matter -- no charges have been filed.
So let's discuss this matter, but carefully, and don't assume the worst -- not yet, anyway.