Starlin Castro: How Reports of Sexual Assault Could Affect Chicago Cubs

Bob WarjaSenior Writer IJanuary 6, 2012

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs watches the action against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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According to a report from WBBM in Chicago, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been accused by a Chicago woman of sexual assault following an incident last September.

Castro's attorney's quickly issued a statement that said they "are confident these allegations are baseless."

While we know that professional athletes are often the target of false accusations by people wanting to profit from the financial success of the players, if this is true, then the Cubs are in for a world of hurt.

Castro is the best asset the organization currently maintains. Not only does Castro play one of the most important defensive positions on the field, he is their best hitter.

At the tender age of 21, Castro is already developing into a star. He became the youngest player in MLB history to have 200 or more hits in a season in 2011.

For a club trying to rebuild through youth, any setback resulting from legal troubles would be quite a blow to Theo Epstein and the Cubs franchise. They don't need the distractions. In fact, that was one of the reasons they decided not to bring Carlos Zambrano back.

According to the report, no charges have been filed. From CBS Chicago:

Sources say she and a friend left the bar at 3 a.m. and went to the 21-year-old Castro's apartment on State Street nearby.

According to the police report, the alleged victim said she blacked out. She told police she came to, and found the alleged offender—Castro, according to our sources—sexually assaulting her. The heavily redacted police report offers little information.

Meanwhile, Castro is a wanted man (for questioning). But not as wanted as he is by the Cubs.