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FIU baseball player Garrett Wittels arrested and charged with rape in the Bahamas

Dec 27, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

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Remember last summer when Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels hit in 56 straight games? And remember how the streak is still alive because his team got eliminated from the NCAA tournament?  Yeah, well, he has other things on his mind at the moment:

Florida International University baseball star Garrett Wittels and a group of friends were arrested in the Bahamas last week and charged with the rape of two 17-year-old girls. The incident happened at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Nassau on Dec. 20. Wittels and two friends were released on $10,000 bond after a court hearing Thursday.

Wittels’ father is quoted in the article saying it’s a frame-up, perpetrated by a couple of girls taking advantage of Wittels’ fame. We obviously have no idea.

Wittles stands two-games shy of Robin Ventura’s NCAA record hitting streak.  It’s unclear if his arrest will have any impact on his ability to begin the 2011 season.

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    It is hard to figure out who is telling the truth in these cases. The woman who makes the claim a lot of the time back down and that lessens the perceived legitimacy of every rape claim.

    Look at the Ben Rothelisberger case, the woman claimed rape but then backed down. We don’t know what really happened (the bar “lost” the security footage from that night) but things like that will always be brought up when someone is accused.

    Is he being set up? I don’t know, none of us do except for him and the women.

  2. easports82 - Dec 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    I think the victim should always get the benefit of the doubt unless they have a history of making stuff up. I find it hard to believe that the girl would be “taking advantage of Wittels’ fame” as he isn’t that famous. More disturbing trends amongst athletes.

    • frankvzappa - Dec 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM

      guilty until proven innocent is basically how this fascist state is run now, so im not surprised you have been led to believe that what you say is in any way reasonable…there is no way this kid is guilty…now everybody go to walmart where the govt will tell you to rat on your neighbors, and try to convince yourself that this isnt really a fascist state…and pay no attention to the prison guard towers in your local parking lot…just throw everybody in jail, and when they get too crowded, open the FEMA concentration camps that are waiting for everybody who disagrees with a fascist surveillance society

      • easports82 - Dec 28, 2010 at 12:04 AM

        No, I don’t know that he’s guilty, but in cases of rape, I believe women should have the benefit of the doubt because rape isn’t a joking matter. He hasn’t been convicted, but unless some real damning evidence is turned up that she’s lying, at the least, he’ll wind up pleading to a lesser assault-like charge (see, Leuke, Josh). I don’t want everyone thrown in jail; I believe in due-process and the burden of proof is still on the accuser.

        BTW, how do you know this kid is innocent? Because his dad said so? Because he’s a talented college baseball player? Surprising thing I learned while playing college ball: some ball players are scumbags

        And as far as the fascist state, this is alleged to have happened in the Bahamas, which I doubt anyone would consider a real tyrannical regime.

  3. crazimitch - Dec 27, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    He’s a college baseball player. Who would care to fram him?

  4. 78mu - Dec 27, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    I think the victim should always get the benefit of the doubt unless they have a history of making stuff up

    I hope you are joking about this. Anyone that believes the accused has the burden of proof is only qualified to be a member of the Duke faculty judging lacrosse players. If he didn’t do it, how does he prove a negative?

    • iammaxa - Dec 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

      To say that the victim should have the “benefit of the doubt” is not to say that the burden of proof rests on the accuser. Obviously the rapist is innocent until proven guilty, so to speak. But the incidence of false rape accusations tends to be overstated (the FBI has consistently estimated the rate of false rape accusations at 8%). And while you may be right that false rape accusations have a negative effect on legitimate ones, it is obviously also irresponsible to exaggerate the likelihood that a given accuser is in fact lying.

      Honestly, which do you think is more frequent: (1) cases in which men are wrongly convicted of rape; or (2) cases in which rapists get away with it?


      • raysfan1 - Dec 28, 2010 at 12:14 AM

        Noooo…not “Obviously the rapist is innocent until proven guilty, so to speak.”
        He’s not a rapist until proven so, and not “so to speak.” If you respect our system of justice, it’s more like “the alleged rapist is innocent until proven guilty.” Regardless of any stats from any law enforcement agency, as long as the number of false accusations is statistically significantly greater than zero, assuming guilt is a grievious injustice. The only known truth in this case thus far was written by Craig above:
        “We obviously have no idea.”

  5. strategeries - Dec 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    When the Dad claims “It’s a frame up.” he is just saying that his son is innocent of rape..

  6. bangfloriohere - Dec 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    “Wittels’ father is quoted in the article saying it’s a frame-up, perpetrated by a couple of girls taking advantage of Wittels’ fame.”

    Yeah, because 19 year old girls everywhere have heard of this guy.

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