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Las Vegas police investigating Jose Canseco as a suspect in sexual assault case

May 22, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

UPDATE: Las Vegas police issued the following statement:

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a Sexual Assault case.  Jose Conseco [sic] has been named as the suspect in this investigation.  At this time no charges have been filed and our investigation remains ongoing.  Per department policy neither victim information or investigation details are available for release.


I ceased being amused by Jose Canseco’s (and Jose Canseco’s publicist’s) Twitter feed a long time ago, but his tweets this afternoon went beyond the usual stupidity into something potentially far more serious.


Thanks to Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for taking a screen shot of the tweets before Canseco deleted them (the alleged accuser’s name has been redacted). Even after deleting those three posts Canseco continued to tweet more about the subject, including the woman’s name and phone number.

If nothing else, can we stop pretending that Canseco is amusing or funny now, please?

  1. ajbaxter1975 - May 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    What about all the good things Jose Canseco did?

  2. j0esixpack - May 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Kindof ironic that Canseco is finally a “person of interest” – at least to the LAPD

  3. deep64blue - May 23, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Not the way to handle it but it’s a crazy society where someone who is not yet convicted of a crime can be named but the accuser can’t.

    • manchestermiracle - May 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Nothing “crazy” about it. The history of intimidation and harassment of accusers is why the no-i.d. laws came about in the first place. An untold number of victims were dissuaded from bringing assaults to light due to the specter of retaliation. This situation still exists in the military. A little research goes a long way.

    • rufuscornpone - May 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      First off, *Jose named himself*…on Twitter. That’s where this came out.

      Secondly, what machestermiracle said. If you don’t know why rape victims are shielded from the public, I really suggest you hunker down and learn about the psychological impact of sexual assault.

      I think this is overused(and often misused), but for you to make this statement, you are clearly extremely ignorant of the effects of sexual assault on the victim.

      • deep64blue - May 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Oh I’ve done lots of research and understand the impact just think it’s basically unfair. If you want to keep both parties anonymous that’s fine but the current situation isn’t.

        And yes he named himself, beating the authorities by, what, 60 minutes?? No way his name was being kept quiet.

    • 4cornersfan - May 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I agree. Rape shield laws are rather one-sided. The accused’s name gets dragged through the mud but if he is found not guilty or the case is dismissed because the police or prosecution realize that the alleged victim is lying, which is not that uncommon, there is usually very little said unless he happens to be a celebrity. Rape victims are greatly traumatized and deserve some protection, but the criminal law process is very adversarial and laws and court rules designed to protect the alleged victim can severely impact a defendant’s ability to defend, especially against baseless charges. Legitimate victims of other crimes such as severe beatings, maiming, and kidnapping are similarly traumatized but manage without the special protection afforded to rape victims. I am not being insensitive to the plight of rape victims. Just saying that laws protecting them in court can result in injustice to innocent defendants, something that most people agree should be avoided.

      • rufuscornpone - May 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        How about instead of advocating the outing of the rape victim, we instead ask people to prosecutors to not drag people’s names through the mud until they are found guilty.

        There is none, zero, zip reason to publicly out a rape victim. There is not justification for this, please stop trying to create one. Draging someone’s name through the mud in public doesn’t help your court case. Laws are in place for people who falsely accuse others of a crime. Posts like this make it seem like a 50 – 50 situation. Instead, studies have shown that roughly 2% of *reported& rape cases are proven that the victim lied. In other words, really fucking rare. Stop acting like it happens all the time.

  4. joewilliesshnoz - May 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Just hire Rothlesberger’s lawyer, he gets scumbags off all the time.

    • badintent - May 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Another Cleveland Browns fan again . I think Vick’s lawyers were better. Ben didn’t kill any dogs , just groped a drunk one.

    • mazblast - May 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      We may be inclined to find you more believable if you would spell “Roethlisberger” correctly. Just a hint.

  5. mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I was a big Canseco fan years ago. I made excuses for the stupid behavior, the wasted mega-talent, everything. It got to be too much for me and I stopped, right around the time of the ball that hit his head and went over the fence for a home run. All that talent, all that stupidity, all that foolishness. He’s a sad excuse for a human being.

    I have NO IDEA if he did anything wrong in this case, but between his past behavior and these ultra-dumb tweets (in his case, they should be called “twits”), he LOOKS bad even if he’s innocent of this particular crime.

    As a lawyer friend (yes, not all my friends are human) once told me, “The first thing I tell my clients is, ‘Talk to nobody, especially the other party. Say nothing to them, say nothing about them.'”

  6. trollingforjustice - May 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    maybe he was just trying to “inject ” her with steroids

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