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Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:03 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:06 pm
Starlin CastroBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Police questioned Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro on Friday about allegations of sexual assault made against the 21-year-old, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, but no charges have been filed at this point.

According to the report, Castro voluntarily appeared at the Chicago Police Department on Friday to answer questions. Last week there were reports that detectives were investigating a criminal sexual assault complaint against Castro. A woman claims she met Castro on Sept. 29 at a nightclub and he took her back to his apartment. The next day she went to the police.

Castro released a statement through the team on Friday:

"I personally, and through my attorneys, have fully cooperated with the police in this matter. Unfortunately I cannot address the matter further at this time while the investigation is taking place.  I understand that being a member of the Cubs means being a hard worker on the field and a good citizen off the field, and I always want to carry myself in a way that exceeds high expectations."

 Castro had been in the Dominican Republic and unable to talk to police. He returned to the United States this week to appear at the team's Cub Convention, which began Friday. He was cheered by Cubs fans when he was introduced to the crowd.

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Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:01 pm
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Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:24 am

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Reports released to the public never have all of the facts.  Let the DA's office sort things out, if things even progress to that point, and then you can pass judgement on Castro or his accuser.  Although I would agree you can already state with certainty that Castro, as a star athlete and his accuser, as a full fledged adult should both have known better.    

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:39 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Sorry, yes that was the point I was attempting to make.  I hate it when work distracts me from making a coherent point on sports websites. :)

I understand what you're saying about people seemingly rushing to defend Castro.  That's not my intent.  I just see no way that anything useful comes out of this.  She can't prove anything.  They both had poor judgement (at least), and she 'blacked out' but remember enough of the circumstances to report a sexual assault?  I don't know exactly how much Castro is guilty of, but it's within the realm of possibility that he didn't do anything legally wrong and will still be dragged through the mud.

Girls, learn to protect yourselves and be smart.

Guys, treat women honorably even if they're not respecting themselves.    

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:34 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Sorry, Fred. I realized a bit later that you were saying there's a difference between being unconscious and not remembering (at least, that's what I now think you meant).

Bottom line, I see a ton of people giving the accused the benefit of the doubt. I don't see many affording the same courtesy to the accuser. Even if I agree with all of the "she should have known better" points, that doesn't excuse him if what she says is true.

I don't know what happened here, but chances are, neither of these people is without blame.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:54 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Well one thing is certain I feel, and that is Castro has to come out and say what happened. If he doesn’t talk at all to the public about it, or says nothing happened, then it makes it worse. Then we will all be speculating as to what really happened.

It may seem unfair, but that’s the way it is. Public will generally find him guilty, but will feel because he is a celebrity, he is getting off scot-free. But if Castro comes out and says what happened (not every second but the main details at least) then the incident will be generally forgotten about.

By the way, from what I read about the incident, the lady had to go to the hospital aftwerwards. So it is realistic to me that 12 hours would elapse between the time of the incident and the report being filed, if indeed she was at the hospital being examined etc.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:34 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

I have no idea if the complaint is legit or not, but I can easily see why a woman might not make the report immediately. It's a tough decision to make, knowing that plenty of people will turn the accuser into the guilty party, even if they are telling the truth. I can't blame someone for thinking about whether or not they were ready for that (if that's what happened here).

Countless women in her position have been trashed as a result of coming forward with something like this - and I am sure many of them didn't deserve it. I have no idea what she does or does not deserve, but the fact that she didn't make the call immediately doesn't convince me she's lying. I can easily see a motive for an honest person taking that long. I would really hate to have to make that choice myself.
I still don't understand the logic in a decision like that. I'm not saying that her decision to wait means she's not being honest about what happened, I think it has much more to do with her sobering up before she filed a complaint. Nobody would have taken her serious if she went wobbling into a precinct station reaking of alcohol claiming a rich professional athlete assaulted her.  Given what constitutes sexual assult these days I guess the door is wide open.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:30 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

The law views sex with an unconscious partner as non-consensual.

There's no mention of her being unconscious.  There are a lot of 'facts' missing that make judging from a legal perspective impossible at this point.  All we can assess is if reasonable judgement was used.  IMHO, it was not.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Also, she reports that she didn't 'pass out,' she reported that she 'blacked out.'  Maybe she meant the same thing, but she can't reasonably say that she said no to any advances

The law views sex with an unconscious partner as non-consensual. Consent is not implied by a lack of refusal in such a situation.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:48 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

21 year old kid got some action at a bar, what's the big deal.  He leaves the next morning and has to kick her out early because he has a flight and she feels scorned.  More facts, girl gets drunk and goes back to apartment with young rich man.  Girl is so drunk she admits to blacking out.  Blacking out does not mean passing out and he is not a medical expert that can decipher or is responsible for her actions.  Call the girl up tell her the case is closed and if she doesn't want this to happen again maybe she should check hersrlf into AA because if she wants to blame others for her actions while she is drinking than she has the problem, not the guy.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:30 pm

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

@ Latrops

Absolutely spot-on.  Also, she reports that she didn't 'pass out,' she reported that she 'blacked out.'  Maybe she meant the same thing, but she can't reasonably say that she said no to any advances, only that she was horrified when she realized what was happening.  Also, she had gone to his apartment with a friend.  Did the friend ditch her, or did she tell the friend that this was cool and that she should leave?

I feel sorry for her if she's legitimately upset about what happened, but you can't hold someone that you just met responsible for your safety and well-being if you're not willing to take that responsibility for yourself.  She reported as a woman in her 20s.  She should know better.  And there is no way to prove any of it.

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