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Tigers pitcher Evan Reed is charged with sexual assault; faces 15 years in prison

Jul 30, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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Back in April we learned that Detroit police were investigating allegations that Tigers reliever Evan Reed — now with the Toledo Mud Hens — was involved in a sexual assault. Today the charges have been filed:

A Detroit Tigers pitcher now with the Toledo Mud Hens is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 45-year-old woman in March at a Motor City Casino Hotel room . . . The charges against Reed carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. He’s charged under the theory that he committed sexual penetration through force or coercion, knowing that the woman was unable to consent, according to the news release.

The allegations as stated in the article imply that the woman is claiming that she was drugged or, at the very least, was intoxicated. As of now, arrangements are being made for Reed to turn himself in.

The Tigers have released a statement:

“As an organization, we take matters like this very seriously and we are closely monitoring the situation. Evan Reed’s representatives are handling his legal proceeding that must run its course before there is any further comment from the ballclub.”

  1. sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM
    • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Oops, that didn’t work. I meant to write “generic Josh Lueke comment here”

    • boogerhill - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      God, it doesn’t have to come to this, you can always buy it if you are that desperate!

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Heads up: If you’re planning to make a dumbassed comment about the woman’s age, her being a gold digger or the status of bagging a professional athlete….just go chop your fingers off instead.

  3. yankeessuckameanone - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Goddamn sloots

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I know, right? Players be skanky.

      • mikhelb - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        hahahahahaha i knew you’d be all over this thread LMAO

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Then you are forewarned, aren’t you?

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        I’ve said before, Evan Reed and Josh Lueke would make one hell of a tag team.

        Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. Road warrior Animal+Hawk. Now, the Mega Pervs, Reed and Lueke

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      She shouldn’t have provoked him, right Stephen A Smith?

  4. sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The Tiger should handle the situation like this:

    “Hi, you’re never playing for us at any level ever again” Click.

    • buggieowens - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Even before guilt or innocence is determined?

      • realgone2 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Welcome to internet comment boards.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        I’m sure you’ve followed the reports of the evidence closely.

      • aiede - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        I do wonder what the fans’ reaction would be if he were a competent reliever.

        Then I remember I’m a Tigers fan and wonder what our reaction would be like if we had any competent relievers, sexual predators or otherwise.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        While I agree that innocent until proven guilty is an extremely important legal concept, the Tigers aren’t the justice system. They can deem him guilty whenever they’d like, and that’s totally their right. They might not want to deal with the public relations nightmare associated with this for a replaceable player like Reed.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      I would wait for some sort of evidence before completely cutting all ties (false accusations aren’t completely unheard of), but especially in light of that Dirk Hayhurst article the other day this doesn’t sound good.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Yah, see Connor Oberst. If a trial is moving forward it ain’t looking good though.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Exactly. It’s really hard to get a prosecutor to charge a sexual assault case — it pretty much needs to be a slam dunk. He’ll probably get to plead it down to some crap like Lueke did though.

      • Bob Loblaw - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        yes, if Dirk Hayhurst said it, then it MUST be true. LOL. What a complete joke.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      I think they quietly already did this when they let him go a couple of weeks ago.

      Hey, Hayhurst! I think you should kick off your anti-sexual violence against women campaign in Toledo.

      • tigersfandan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        They didn’t let him go.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      • scatterbrian - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Hmmm, not sure about that hyphen placement 😉

      • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Well, Reed is still in the organization, since no other team showed interested once he got DFAed.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Probably because without a conviction they couldn’t do more with the CBA — I’ll have to check that. I don’t think they intend for him to pitch for them in the majors again…and I don’t think it’s just his pitching.

      • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        scatterbrian, this is one of those many cases where English is dumb. But going by context and knowledge of Hayhurst, the hyphen placement is correct.

      • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Oh, I’m 95% sure Reed will never pitch in the majors again. Just a hunch.

      • jwbiii - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        It was a baseball decision. Reed’s June ERA was 10.80, so they kicked him off the roster and gave Chad Smith a shot. That didn’t work, so a month later they optioned Smith and tried Corey Knebel. That didn’t work, so they sent Knebel to Texas in the Soria deal.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        We can agree to disagree on that.

    • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Assuming he is indeed guilty, yes. Neglected to put that in there. And as an aside, if he is guilty, there’s no way he’s getting 15 years. Not in this stupid culture.

  5. realgone2 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    He was accused not found guilty…..jesus. Once he is found guilty then bury him.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Yeah, as slimy as it feels to defend someone accused of something like this, the process is what it is for a reason. Either way, Reed’s going to have to deal with this for the rest of his life. It just remains to be seen whether or not that’s a good thing.

      • kindasporty - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        It’s not slimy. People get falsely accused of this stuff all the time. Also, people get legitimately accused of this stuff all the time. We’ll see what the verdict is.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Sometimes — not all the time.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Not Guilty != innocence

      Just remember OJ…

      • davidpom50 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Or Ryan Braun, since this is a baseball blog

  6. pbastille - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Dirk Hayhurst saw this coming…

  7. tolbuck - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    The ironic thing is these charges may keep him from being released. There are CBA issues that would crop up if they cut him now, yet his numbers in AAA are putrid. And Toledo isn’t a bandbox; it is one of the more extreme pitchers parks in AAA.

  8. gmanl733 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    So when in March was he in Detroit? That should be the question. The home opener was 31 March and they probably left Lakeland on the 28th, since that was the last game of spring training.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      You need to catch up. This has already been covered in a previous post…and in the Free Press.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      If you’re suggesting he wasn’t there, there is video of the two together.

  9. thetxhammer - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    But someone who murders three Marines gets 7 years?


    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      What does that have to do with this?

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Is this what you are referring to?

      Are you really comparing the US Criminal Justice system to an Afghani one?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Is he mad someone could get 15 years for rape?

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        They both deserve more time

  10. jfk69 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Until the facts are in and guilt or innocence is established it amazes me how prejudiced people are in the social media. Opinions are fine. But like a holes everyone has one.
    Since the OJ case I have noticed a distinct change in how media and even our judicial participants handle this. Apparently ratings, career advancement and even new commentary shows with sanctimonious hosts have laid claim to the proverbial high ground of moral indignation. I suppose it is human nature and we are now more connected than ever with 24 7 media coverage,cameras and video recorders out the wazoo to document and dissect our every waking moment.
    1984 by George Orwell was not that far off. And the worst is yet to come.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Are you suggesting that people shouldn’t be upset at OJ getting off?

  11. wonkypenguin - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Hey look, historiophiliac! 29 comments in and no one has blamed the woman yet! We women are really changing the landscape around here. /sits back and waits patiently

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      I think a couple of awesome allies helped head that off too — but yeah, it’s getting better. Wooooo!!!! (But, I wouldn’t want to see other corners of the internet on this.)

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        For instance, don’t read the comments on the FPress article.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Oh, I’m not dumb. I sent Craig the link to the article, but I didn’t bother to read any of the comments. When it first happened, I had it out with a bunch of Tigers fans on FB who decided he was innocent before the investigation. Now that there’s enough evidence to charge him, I’m pretty sure their opinion is the same. 😦

      • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Excellent way to raise the blood pressure there, historio. Though FB is pretty tame compared with Twitter and YouTube.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I don’t find Twitter annoying at all, but that’s probably because I don’t follow a bunch of crap. The FB was awful — with the crap about her age & chasing his money (he’s not even making $1mil) & general anti-women nonsense. Ugh.

      • mikhelb - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        It would be awesome if it happened out of conviction that people shouldn’t act like arseholes, but I think most do not say a thing to avoid being banned, so in reality nothing changes.

        Plus when somebody airs their opinion and it is not in line with somebodie’s opinion, those different opinions are hit hard (even if they are right because it is an opinion and it can not be wrong by mere definition), because “everybody should think like I do, and should have the same opinion I do, because I have the moral rights to say what is right and what is wrong and if you do not adhere to MY opinion then you are wrong and are a (add a list of adjectives)”.

        And as it is in a lot of topics, there are a few whose “moral rights” are above everybody else, at least in their minds.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        If you mean to say that guys no longer feel free to leave sexist comments on here, that’s a GREAT thing…and if I played any part in that, I am proud. If you’re trying to whine about dude’s speech being suppressed, don’t bother.

  12. mlbfan8898 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Hoes ruin the lives of athletes.

    • baberuthslegs - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Nah. They do that to themselves.
      Each of us is responsible for the choices we make.
      Like you made the choice to post a dumb comment.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      You are so late, dummy.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Not you, legs.

      • baberuthslegs - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        I knew. Thanks historio.

  13. seanwasamarine - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I guarantee Hardball is censoring some comments because they don’t want people to know that some are on the side of Reed. Or any other athlete who gets falsely accused.

    • fifthstarter - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      And they only let your comment through to make you look like a nutty conspiracy theorist. That Calcaterra is so devious.

  14. mlbfan8898 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    He didn’t let 2 of mine through because they were harsh on the woman. I don’t care if you disagree with what I say, just let my opinion be heard is all. Debate is always a good thing, but when one side gets shut up because those who disagree are in charge of what is seen, that’s not a nutty conspiracy theory.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      It might have been the words you used. Some will not let your comment get past the automatic filter. But don’t let your persecution complex get in the way of reality.

      PS if you came here to talk some BS about women, take a hike.

      • dsaverno - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Agree with you there. I was struck by how pro player/team the free press article was. It had inflammatory comments by the defense attorney about the travesty of justice bringing this case to trial has become, but barely mentions the alleged victim or her story. And when the few sentences about her side of the story give way to a new paragraph, it’s about how she passed police leaving the casino but didn’t say anything. Based on the tone of that article alone, I could see how some people are posting in favor of Reed. I do agree that no one should post anything derogatory about the alleged victim but can understand why it’s happening.

        Me, I’m going to withhold judgment until I actually have some facts. But, man, bringing it to trial does favor the victim; he said-she saids can’t be easy to prosecute, and Detroit prosecutors are worn pretty ragged, so there must be some type of damning evidence or this thing would have been swept under the rug.

  15. xjokerz - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    A 45 year old woman at a casino in detroit making claims of rape … One can only assume what color she was.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      What color?

  16. xjokerz - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    A 45 year old woman at a casino in detroit making claims of rape … One can only assume what color she was.

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