TMZ.com ran a story this afternoon detailing an October 2009 accusation of sexual battery against Mets ace Johan Santana. He addressed the report before Thursday’s game against the Tigers, reading a pre-written statement in the Citi Field clubhouse while surrounded by several media types. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo was in attendance. As you can probably guess, Santana didn’t say much.
“I’m aware of the situation. What I can tell you is that
police have investigated these claims last year, and I was never
charged with anything, and the case is closed. Unfortunately at this
time, that’s all I can say. And I have no further comments.”
The Mets also put out a release of their own:
“We’re aware of
the situation. It’s a personal matter.”
And that’s that. As Craig said earlier, we don’t have enough facts at the moment to make any kind of judgments about the incident. And we may never have enough facts.
Santana, 31, is 5-4 this season with a 3.31 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 98 innings for the Mets, who are 1.5 games back of the Braves in the NL East. We do know that.