New Jersey Nets power forward Andray Blatche has answered questions in an investigation involving a sexual assault, but he has not been accused of any wrongdoing at this time.
The New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy reported the news via Twitter, and Blatche provided information about his role in the incident:
A source tells the Daily News the player who was questioned by police is Andray Blatche— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 8, 2013
Im ok and I didn't do anything jus was n the area when it happened— andray blatche (@drayblatche) January 8, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 5:49 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
A ton of details continue to emerge in the case. Though Blatche is not considered a suspect in the sexual assault, ABC News is reporting that it did allegedly happen in a hotel suite rented by the Nets forward. They also have some more details on what allegedly went down in the suite:
Sources say she'd been in hotel suite 663 with six men, friends of hers, including 26-year-old Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche. The suite, sources say, was being rented by Blatche.
The woman told investigators at least two of the men raped her and the others saw what was happening.
According to the report by ABC News, police also found drug samples in the hotel room, which were confiscated for evidence:
As the investigation progressed, Action News learned investigators found samples of the date rape drug in the suite.
We have also learned police have Andray Blatche's cell phone with compromising pictures of the alleged victim.
Blatche and three others were questioned by police and released this morning; two, though, remain in custody.
Blatche also was reportedly not in the room where the alleged actions were happening and the men in custody are saying it was consensual:
Sources say the Nets player told police while he was in the hotel suite, he was not in the same room where the sex was taking place.
Sources also tell Action News that some of the men in the hotel suite are telling authorities that the sex was consensual.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 1:55 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
According to The New York Times' Howard Beck, Blatche was simply questioned and released in regard to the incident. He will not be charged with any crimes and was not personally involved with the crime, per police commissioner Charles Ramsey (via Beck):
Blatche was questioned and released and will not be charged.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) January 8, 2013
From commissioner Charles Ramsey: "From all accounts, he (Blatche) was not personally involved in any kind of assault or anything like that"— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) January 8, 2013
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Kelly Bayliss and David Chang of NBCPhiladelphia.com gave more information on the incident:
Police tell NBC10 that a 21-year-old woman was taken from the Four Seasons Hotel on 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to a local hospital just before 4 a.m. The woman told police she was sexually assaulted by someone inside the hotel, according to investigators.
Blatche and the Nets are in Philadelphia to play the 76ers at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night, and as Bondy notes via Twitter, Brooklyn general manger Billy King has acknowledged the incident and does not plan to deactivate Blatche for the game:
Full Billy King statement: "We are aware of the ongoing police investigation regarding a member of the Brooklyn Nets. ...— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 8, 2013
.. We will have no further comment until the investigation has concluded. All of our players are available for tonight's game."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 8, 2013
A report from 6ABC.com notes that the investigation is still ongoing, and no charges have been filed against anyone questioned in relation with the incident. Furthermore, everyone taken into custody has been released. The report states that the incident occurred at a party inside a room at the luxury hotel.
Blatche, 26, is in his first season with the Nets after spending seven seasons with the Washington Wizards. He is averaging 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per night.
With the investigation still very much in progress, the Brooklyn forward’s involvement in this incident is not clear, and his relation to the victim and those involved is also not known at this time.