A member of the Brooklyn Nets, along with possible associates, has been linked to a potential sexual assault incident in Philadelphia ahead of the team's game against the 76ers on Tuesday night, according to CBS Philadelphia.
The report states an unnamed Nets player was brought in for questioning after a female lodged a complaint about a situation that occurred at Four Seasons Hotel early Tuesday morning. The female is reportedly 21 years old.
UPDATE: January 8th, 12:30 p.m. EST by Sam Wesmoreland
Nets center Andray Blatche confirmed that he was the player questioned in regards to a sexual assault on Tuesday morning. The 26-year old tweeted:
Im ok and I didn't do anything jus was n the area when it happened— andray blatche (@drayblatche) January 8, 2013
According to Blatche, he wasn't involved in the assault, and was simply questioned regarding the incident. While we still don't have many details on what happened, it would seem that Blatche isn't facing criminal charges at this point, although that hasn't been confirmed by police as of yet.
Nets GM Billy King confirmed the report, according to New York Times' Howard Beck.
Nets GM Billy King, in statement, confirms that "a member of the Brooklyn Nets" is involved in police investigation. No further comment.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) January 8, 2013
Although the player and the others involved in the complaint have already been asked about the incident, no charges will be filed until the police get a chance to talk with the woman, who was examined following the alleged incident, according to the CBS affiliate.
More details are likely to be released once the investigation is completed and authorities decide whether or not to file charges against the player.
It's unclear how the situation will impact the involved player's status for Tuesday night's game or when more information will be made available by police.
No further updates about how the player met the female who filed the complaint or what the role of the people being questioned alongside him was, but due to the high-profile nature of the case it probably won't take long before that information is released.
The NBA is surely tracking the situation closely as well, as this is a very serious incident that has a bigger impact off the court than on it. Still, it's important to remember there are two sides to every story. Right now, there's nowhere near enough information to pass judgment.