MLB confirms investigation into assault allegations against Miguel Sano
Major League Baseball has confirmed an investigation is underway into allegations Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano assaulted a photographer in 2015.
“We are aware of the allegations and are now in the process of looking into it,” MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said in a statement.
The photographer, Betsy Bissen — who has worked with the Twins as part of her job with team-specific website Twins Daily — accused Sano in a tweet of assaulting her following an autograph session at a mall. Bissen’s Twitter account has since been made private.
Sano is accused of forcibly trying to kiss Bissen and aggressively attempting to pull her into a restroom.
”I pulled back as he held onto my wrist,“ Bissen wrote of the incident. ”It hurt, how badly he was grasping at my wrist, but he wouldn’t let go. I wasn’t going to give up my fight though. He then leaned down and tried to kiss me, more than once. Every time he did, I said no and kept pulling back.
“I was in a squatted position with my wrist throbbing. I screamed, no one came to help me. He finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door. No, he didn’t rape me, but he sure did assault me.”
Sano’s former agent Rob Plummer, confirmed he was at the event but was not present at the time the alleged assault occurred.
“I was outside next to the car, waiting for him to come out on the other side of the loading bay dock, so I don’t know what happened inside,” Plummer told ESPN. “I didn’t see or hear anything. I wasn’t anywhere near Miguel.”
Sano on Thursday issued a statement in which he “unequivocally” denies the allegations.
“I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today — it never happened,” Sano’s statement read. “I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment. There is no place for it in our society.”
The Twins organization also issued a brief statement on the matter.
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