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Chicago PD planning to talk with Starlin Castro this weekend about sexual assault allegations

Jan 11, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be in Chicago this weekend for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. It will also be his first time back in the city since he allegedly committed sexual assault against a woman at his downtown apartment.

So, in between appearances at the Cubs’ annual fan convention, he’s going to have a chat with police.

No charges have been filed by Castro’s accuser and the 21-year-old shortstop’s representatives have denied the allegations. The Cubs, meanwhile, seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach. Here’s new manager Dale Sveum, who spoke Wednesday with Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com:

“I don’t know all the details of all of it. Right now, it’s what it is, and I think it’s being taken care of in the (proper) avenues, but I don’t think it’s going to affect him at all. The one thing is that these are grown men. I’ve raised children, and sometimes you do have to treat players like they are your children. Sometimes guys get misled and they don’t know (how) to handle the off-field activities, so to speak, especially when you’re in a big city like Chicago.”

Castro batted .307/.341/.432 with 10 home runs, 66 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 158 games last year for the Cubs. He also became the youngest player in franchise history to amass more than 200 hits in a season.

  1. phillieschamps2012 - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    You are writing about a sexual assault allegation against an athlete. Where does the following fit in?

    “Castro batted .307/.341/.432 with 10 home runs, 66 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 158 games last year for the Cubs. He also became the youngest player in franchise history to amass more than 200 hits in a season.”

    • Drew Silva - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      I guess I’m the devil.

      • cur68 - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        You’re an imp. Craig’s The Devil.

    • hammyofdoom - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Its just kind of how sports articles go. I’ve seen articles about players that died and at the end they tacked on the guys career stats

      • Drew Silva - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

        Party pooper.

      • hammyofdoom - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Well I guess talking about dead guys does make me a party pooper Drew, its why I’m not allowed to work at kids parties anymore

    • trevorb06 - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      This guy almost makes me miss bicepts… almost…

      • paperlions - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        Yeah, the similarities are rather miraculous *eye roll*

  2. jimmymfb - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    you should actually work this into your metrics for a player
    IE: .307/.341/.432 with 10 home runs, 66 RBI and 22 stolen bases and 1 rape in 158 games.

    • hammyofdoom - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Oh sweet jesus do we need new SABR stuff in terms of felonies? How does assault compare to theft? HOF voters would crap their collective pants

  3. jimmymfb - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    it was kind of a slow year for Castro

  4. JBerardi - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Well, he may have ruined an innocent person’s life, but at least he didn’t break any home run records under false pretenses. Amirite, fellas?

  5. seanb20124 - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    If this was a college player he would be suspended. Why the double standard?

    • paperlions - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      If this was a college player, they would have reported it to campus police, who would have belittled the woman and steam rolled her into not filing a complaint…..I wish that observation wasn’t based on experience, but it is…campus police do more protecting of campus administrators and athletes than they do anything else.

      • hammyofdoom - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Hey now paper, not all colleges are like that. I go to a small college thats D-III without even a football team, so our athletes really aren’t too special. However the hockey players at U-Maine could probably get away with murder, but that school is also have five times the number of students too

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