On Friday, Ken Rosenthal reported that Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers were investigating an alleged sexual assault that involving multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic. There were hardly any other details apart from the report that the alleged incident happened many months ago and that the players were on leave while they were being investigated.
Today Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has some details, and they involve a different set of alleged circumstances than many likely assumed: a hazing incident. Specifically, Passan reports that the players allegedly sexually assaulted an underage teammate in a hazing ritual which targeted players new to the team’s Dominican complex:
While prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have yet to press charges for the alleged assault, they told the court they intend to charge at least four players who held down a teammate and masturbated him, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Among the players expected to be charged are Rougned Odor, the younger brother of Rangers major league star Rougned Odor (yes, they have the same name) and top catching prospect Yohel Pozo.
Passan’s story has specific details, including the description of a video involving the alleged incident. He also talks about the culture of hazing in Dominican Republic and Venezuelan baseball circles.
A pretty disturbing story which will likely have far-reaching repercussions.