Former slugger Canseco accused of sexual assault


Fri, May 24, 2013 - Page 18

Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco Jr has been accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, in an investigation that he made public with postings on a social media Web site claiming that a woman falsely accused him of rape.

No arrest was made and police said no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old former Oakland Athletics rookie of the year who played for six other teams from 1985 to 2001 and later wrote a tell-all book admitting that he used performance-enhancing steroids.

Officer Bill Cassell, a police department spokesman, would not say on Wednesday where the alleged attack took place.

Word about the investigation became public after Canseco posted information about it on Twitter. He said Las Vegas police had just left his house.

The postings — including the name and workplace of a woman — generated an immediate outcry from others, who posted comments deriding Canseco. Some of the information was later removed.

Attempts to reach Canseco were not immediately successful. Another Twitter post said he was on his way to the airport to fly to Texas, to play with the Fort Worth Cats, an unaffiliated team in the independent United League.

Team spokesman Nathan Dwelle confirmed that Canseco was scheduled to play during the team’s season home opener yesterday.

“Right now, we’re not commenting until we have all the facts,” Dwelle said.

A Canseco spokeswoman, Susan Haber in Los Angeles, said she had no immediate information about the case.

Dwelle said Canseco’s agent, Jose Melendez, was traveling with Canseco. Melendez did not respond to messages.

Canseco hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time all-star while playing with the Athletics, the Texas Rangers, the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox.

His book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ’Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, was published in 2005.

He declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year in Las Vegas, reporting less than US$21,000 in assets and almost US$1.7 million in liabilities, including more than US$500,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service. He listed a post office box as his address.