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Report: Starlin Castro accused of sexual assault

Jan 6, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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Wow: WBBM Newsradio in Chicago is reporting that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been accused of sexually assaulting a Chicago woman last September.  No charges have been filed and he has not been arrested, but he is wanted for questioning.

WBBM has obtained a police report — heavily redacted — that says Castro took to woman to his apartment after a night of drinking. The woman blacked out, the report says, and when she awoke, Castro was assaulting her.  CBS Chicago.com summarizes the report thusly:

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. It would be 12 hours before the alleged victim would go to a hospital, and police would become involved.

By then, it is believed that Castro was on a plane, heading home to the Dominican Republic for the off-season.

He has not been back to the United States since then. His agent, Paul Kinzer, declined to comment as have the Cubs.

We’re going to be hearing more about this, obviously. Updates as they occur.

UPDATE:  Attorneys for Castro have released a statement saying that they believe the allegations to be baseless.

  1. 78mu - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Yikes! Castro was one of the few bright spots on the Cubs.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      He still is. He’s only accused. Wait for details.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        At least one person thinks guilty until proven innocent is a good thing.

  2. stex52 - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    As you say, Wow. Cubs can’t seem to catch a break. And when a Houston fan feels sorry for someone, that’s digging deep.

  3. JBerardi - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Well, at least he didn’t do any steroids. Right, sports fans?

  4. cmutimmah - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Innocent until proven guilty, right guys?

    • stex52 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Innocent or not, this a mess and a major distraction for Castro and the Cubs.

    • kopy - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Right. He hasn’t even been charged with anything.

  5. nagrommit - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I’m withholding judgement until I hear what Bobby Valentine says.

  6. randygnyc - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Innocent until proven guilty, IN A COURT OF LAW. That doesn’t preclude fans/bloggers/interested parties, from discussing and even offering opinions.

    I won’t speculate on whether Castro did or didn’t what he’s accused of. I’ll just say that I won’t be surprised if it’s true. I also expect that most pro athletes are predisposed to this sort of criminal behavior.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Most pro athletes are predisposed to rape?

    • philsieg - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      “I also expect that most pro athletes are predisposed to this sort of criminal behavior.”

      That broad brush you’re painting with sure must get pretty heavy at times. You realize you could remove “pro athletes” from your sentence and substitute Muslims, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, or liberals and you could be a Republican candidate for president. Are you sure you want to run with that crowd?

      • paperlions - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        He’s already running with the Yankee fan crowd…so…why not?

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        Oh, that’s rich. I don’t remember hearing any Republican candidates saying any of that actually. It’s funny coming from someone chastising someone for “Painting with a broad brush”. Hypocrite much?

      • philsieg - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Jonny 5,

        Either you aren’t paying attention or you have a very poor memory. I don’t have time to hunt up Rick Santorum’s comments about the LGBT community and African-Americans, Ron Paul’s racist and homophobic newsletters, Newt’s dog whistles about “inner city youth”, Rick Perry’s insinuations about gays and lesbians in the military and everything Michelle Bachmann ever said, not to mention Mittens’ attempts to ingratiate himself with anyone who’ll smile in his direction.

        It is dishonest in the extreme to pretend that the current field hasn’t spent their time pandering to homophobes, xenophobes, racists and those intolerant of any religious view save their own in their quest for the nomination. It’s a field of candidates and a performance that should make anyone who calls himself a conservative or an American ashamed. That it doesn’t brings disgrace to all of us, regardless of where you live on the political spectrum.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        philsieg, You don’t have time to hunt up the Kool aid huh? Chug it all down enthusiastically without opening your eyes to where it came from. Both sides of the political spectrum produces it’s own “kool-aid” for their followers to drink. Most do so with vigor, then spew it as fact, just like you’re doing. Ahhh politics always bring out the “best” in people. Anyway if you want to believe that all republican candidates feel “Muslims, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, or liberals are all predisposed to criminal activity” then you’re not only sorely mistaken, but lying to everyone as well. Keep up the good work painting with that very broad brush!

      • randygnyc - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Or bitter people who cling to guns and religion? Republicans have the market cornered on broad strokes? Go speak to the treasonous scumbag currently squatting in the whitehouse about real crime.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        This word treason. I don not think it means what you think it means.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Ahhh politics always bring out the “best” in people. Now we see the other side of the spectrum here. Obama isn’t being treasonous. That’s some right wing kool aid with a splash of BS.

      • philsieg - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        “Both sides of the political spectrum produces it’s own “kool-aid” for their followers to drink. ”

        Never said they didn’t. One of the big problems in our supposed two-party system is that it’s automatically assumed that if you oppose one side you must therefore support the other.

        The original commenter made a slur against a group of individuals because they share a single trait. The Republican candidates I mentioned have engaged in similar behavior in that they have aggregated groups based on a single trait (religion, sexual orientation, race) and then denigrated those groups to suit their political ambitions or express their personal bigotry. That they made such statements is a fact and easily unearthed by anyone with rudimentary Google skills. These statements stand on their own regardless of your opinion of me, the current administration, the political system or any other straw man you’d care to construct.

        Not only are these repeated comments offensive and representative of the worst sort of pandering to the basest motives found in the human condition, they distract in a very real way from the problems we as a nation need to address no matter where our political loyalties lay. They show how badly broken our system is across the spectrum.

        (FWIW, I can produce an equally strong diatribe addressing the failings of the current administration, the Democratic Party and what passes for the left in this country today. But since I’ve identified myself as a socialist for over four decades – and unlike these same Republican candidates and most of the right-wing commentariat I actually know what the word means – I doubt you’d like that any better.)

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        You said what you said. I quoted you, you admit to saying it, and confirm you meant what you said. Then you tell me I constructed a “Straw Man”? This word “Straw Man” I do not think it means what you think it means. Anyway, my point is, you sir are a hypocrite. It’s easy to see. It’s ok for you to use the broadest of brushes to paint who you wish, as you wish. Yet it’s not ok for others. That sir is a hypocrite in it’s purest sense. I’m not even getting into the view you have on politics as you aren’t being honest and have no room for it. Obviously. You are 100% correct about one thing though. Our political system, as it is. Badly broken.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        I love how Republicans always come back with the “both sides pull lots of crap”, when there is far far more evidence that the GOP politicians are much worse.

      • philsieg - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Jonny,

        Let me try and clear up your confusion. Painting with a broad brush is when you aggregate a large group according to a single trait – like pro athletes – and ascribe to the whole group the characteristics of a few. That is a slur and it’s what the OP did.

        That is noticeably different that citing specific individuals by name (i.e. six members of the field of Republican presidential candidates) and calling them to task for – now wait for it – their published quotes which aggregate large groups of people and assign to them the traits of a few or, as is so often the case with those I called out, the traits they imagine their audiences’ biases will respond to.

        However, since you have no real response to the documented speech of these candidates – it’s on the record, after all – you have to construct a straw man about my “hypocisy” even though my words do not reflect the behavior of which you accuse me. In other words, you ain’t got nothin’ so makin’ up s**t is all you can do.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Says the guy who can’t prove any republican candidates said that they feel Muslims, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, or liberals are predisposed to criminal activity. As you said they do. I haven’t seen any quotes that say this. You know, the funny thing is, I can’t stand any of these candidates myself for more legitimate reasons, yet here I am defending them against these ridiculous stretches of truth. I must be a glutton for punishment.

      • The Common Man - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        You people are ridiculous. That is all.

      • philsieg - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Here ya’ go, Johnny,

        “Racial violence will fill our cities because mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white ‘haves.’ ”

        “I think we can assume that 95 percent of the black men in that city [Washington] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

        Ron Paul (source: Christian Science Monitor

        “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works,” the former House speaker said at a campaign event at the Nationwide Insurance offices. “So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”

        Newt Gingrich, dog whistling again(source: CBS News

        In addition, Newt compares Muslims to Nazis here.

        In a discussion over balancing national security and privacy, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday he would endorse profiling, specifically of Muslims and young men, in order to enhance security at airports.

        Asked to explain by debate moderator CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who would be profiled, Santorum said, “The folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes.”

        Rick Santorum (source: CBS News

        “And I stood up from the very beginning back in 2003 when the Supreme Court was going create a constitutional right to sodomy and said this is wrong we can’t do this,” Santorum said. “And so I stood up when no one else did and got hammered for it. I stood up and I continue to stand up.”

        Rick Santorum, on his goal of criminalizing an entire group’s private – and constitutionally protected – behavior (source: Mother Jones

        “But who would be protected? A pedophile, someone who considers themselves gay, someone who considers themselves transgender, someone who considers themselves a cross-dresser? That is who is protected.”

        Michele Bachmann, comparing the LGBT community to pedophiles when speaking out against a hate crimes bill on the floor of the US House (source: Minnesota Independent

        I trust this is enough for you. If not, do your own googling. You’ll not be disappointed. There’s a lot more.

      • philsieg - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Here ya’ go, Johnny,

        “Racial violence will fill our cities because mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white ‘haves.’ ”

        “I think we can assume that 95 percent of the black men in that city [Washington] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

        Ron Paul (source: Christian Science Monitor)

        “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works,” the former House speaker said at a campaign event at the Nationwide Insurance offices. “So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”

        Newt Gingrich, dog whistling again(source: CBS News)

        In addition, Newt compares Muslims to Nazis here.

        In a discussion over balancing national security and privacy, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday he would endorse profiling, specifically of Muslims and young men, in order to enhance security at airports.

        Asked to explain by debate moderator CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who would be profiled, Santorum said, “The folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes.”

        Rick Santorum (source: CBS News)

        “And I stood up from the very beginning back in 2003 when the Supreme Court was going create a constitutional right to sodomy and said this is wrong we can’t do this,” Santorum said. “And so I stood up when no one else did and got hammered for it. I stood up and I continue to stand up.”

        Rick Santorum, on his goal of criminalizing an entire group’s private – and constitutionally protected – behavior (source: Mother Jones)

        “But who would be protected? A pedophile, someone who considers themselves gay, someone who considers themselves transgender, someone who considers themselves a cross-dresser? That is who is protected.”

        Michele Bachmann, comparing the LGBT community to pedophiles when speaking out against a hate crimes bill on the floor of the US House (source: Minnesota Independent)

        I trust this is enough for you. If not, do your own googling. You’ll not be disappointed. There’s a lot more.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Why are you a sports fan? Why not just go to court and root for defendants?

    • cur68 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      I sure hope this is just trolling. If it isn’t, oy vey…

  7. lostsok - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    So…he stole 2nd base and was sliding into third…?

    • The Common Man - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Get out. Get out now. Don’t ever come back. Whether Castro is innocent or not, whether the assault happened or not, rape isn’t funny.

      • thefalcon123 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Woah there Comman Man! I rare, Louis CK related instances, rape can be very funny.

        But in Lostsok’s instant, it just sounds more like an ignorant douchebag sitting on his mom’s computer because he improbably drank his way out of the frathouse, taking a quick break from jerking off to violent pornography to share his douchebagness with the rest of the world.

      • The Common Man - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Fair point, Falcon. I would never disavow CK. How about, making fun of an alleged actual incident of rape is not funny.

  8. bobwsc - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Theo will probably reach out to the Sox, offering Castro up as compensation now.

  9. seanb20124 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Cut a check and this will go away. War Mitt Romney in 2012

  10. fenianblastard - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    As long as no minors are involved ill extend innocent til proven guilty, as a retired NJ Cop, now an owner of a Bail Bond Agency, when this situation occurs, i.e. a date rape situation, in 20 years exp ive never seen it actually become the males fault unless Drugs are involved, its recorded or there is evidence of forcible penetration( like there was for Mike Tyson)..

    Ive seen cases where a women teacher was out after a school function sucking face w the new young stud teacher and she was married, luckily his buddies opened the car door to witness her on top of him performing fellatio, rumors got back to her husband, she claimed Rape, he had to post bail and until everyone witness her being a flusy came forward, only then was he cleared, 2 weeks after being cuffed and escorted from his classroom, losing $2500 to my company to post his 25k bail, only for her to admit unde interogation of a female cop that she made it up to save her marraige.. Nothing at all happened to her, ahe resigned got another job, he was cleared but IMHO there should be an equal law that prosecutes accusers who outright lie and protect innocents from craziness !!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Yeah, let’s not heavily assume anything just yet…

    • mattjg - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      So you don’t believe in innocent until proven guilty if minors are involved?

      I’m not sure what you mean by, “I’ve never seen it actually become the male’s fault….” You mean it’s hard to win because it’s his-word-against-hers and juries often don’t believe date rape allegations? Or do you mean you actually believe that date rape doesn’t happen without drugs? If it’s the former, I agree; if it’s the latter, you’re way off base. Even if someone drinks until they pass out or falls asleep for some other reason, any unwelcome sexual contact is assault.

      The female teacher absolutely should have been charged with perjury.

    • emmaspan - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Cops like you are a good part of the reason why none of my friends who were date raped ever reported it. (And yes, unfortunately, I have more than one). I believe in innocent until proven guilty – that doesn’t mean assuming the victim is guilty.

    • The Common Man - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      You are either incredibly right about how difficult it is to prosecute men for date rape, or incredibly, horribly wrong in using your one experience to cast doubt on the stories of the thousands of women who are raped by a friend or acquaintance every year. Either way, I think your comment should be clearer. That way, I can more forcefully agree with you, or call you a jackass (which is what I suspect I would be doing), respectively, depending on your meaning.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        IDK, The one jury I sat on was pretty much the situation he described. Accuser didn’t want to admit to the SO what actually happened so she cried rape.

        Each of these situations has their own set of circumatances, and from reading what’s availible none of us can draw any conclusions in either direction. Except that taking random girls home from bars has a great chance of not going well in more ways than one.

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      @Fenianblastard

      Are you fucking kidding me? You, apparently with a straight face, wrote this and it is an accurate view of your perception of rape and sexual assault? You read a story about someone being accused of sexual assault and your response was to drudge out a story of someone crying rape when it didn’t happen, as if that is anywhere close to the norm? Isn’t that kind of like saying someone is lying about their brother being murdered because sometimes people fake their own death? Secondly, filing a false police report IS a crime anyway, so I don’t know what point you’re trying to make.

      Well listen up kiddos, the data on sexual assault in this country is horrifying. Instances like the one DoucheyMcFuckbag here pointed out are very rare. On the opposite end of the spectrum, many studies have been done that show rapes are greatly under reported to authorities (or in some cases, ignored by the authorites, as the St. Louis Police Department got in trouble for doing some a few years back).

      Comments like this one by DickeyMcPeiceofShit just go to show how deaf some people are to the realities of rape and domestic violence. Yep, occasionally people lie about all things, but it doesn’t mean the instance you pointed out is anything other than extremely rare. But saying laws need to be adjusted to make it more difficult for a woman to report a rape (if it happened to her but their isn’t suffient evidence to prosecute, does she go to prison fenian?) is the exact type of passive repression people have spent decades trying to undo.

      • JBerardi - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        You know what Joe Paterno’s big mistake was? He assumed sports fans would brush aside the sexual assault of children as easily as they brush aside the sexual assault of women.

  11. sleepyirv - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I’m a Cubs fan but I’m more worried about the girl than the team.

  12. eagleswineagleswin - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    This is hilarious. He was in Chicago long enough to start acting like the people of Chicago. What a trash city.

    • bobwsc - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      wow – been studying under Bozosforall?

    • Alex K - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      You’ve obviously never been to Chicago.

  13. baseballisboring - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Innocent. Until. Proven. Guilty. It was a private moment between two people, which means *everyone* who wasn’t there should just STFU.

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