Jose Canseco Cleared by Police Following Rape Investigation

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

LONG BEACH, CA - AUGUST 16:  Jose Canseco #33 of the Long Beach Armada pitches against the Reno Silver Sox during the second inning of the Golden Baseball League game on August 16, 2006 at Blair Field in Long Beach, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Never one to avoid controversy, former MLB slugger Jose Canseco is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons as he was under investigation for rape.

UPDATE: Friday, June 7, at 3:08 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Jose Canseco has been cleared by Las Vegas police after being investigated for rape, according to ESPN per the Associated Press.

Police in Las Vegas won't seek criminal charges against former major league slugger Jose Canseco after an investigation of a woman's rape claim, a department spokesman said Friday.

Officer Jose Hernandez called the case closed.

Canseco tweeted on Friday that he was also looking to sell the results of his polygraph test:

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According to David K. Li of the New York Post, there were several tweets sent out from Canseco's Twitter account on Wednesday regarding his status as a suspect in a Las Vegas rape case. Many of those tweets were deleted, but it is unclear if Canseco actually tweeted them in the first place and if he was the one who ultimately took them down.

The Post was able to obtain screenshots of the deleted tweets with the alleged victim's name withheld. Canseco's rant started after Las Vegas police allegedly came to his home and informed him that he is a suspect in a rape case.

Rather than stopping there, Canseco continued and even tweeted the alleged victim's name and phone number, as well as a picture of her. He then posed a question to his followers regarding whether or not he actually raped the accuser.

Seemingly confident in his innocence, Canseco then offered to take a lie detector test. He also challenged the alleged victim to do the same, according to Li.

While Canseco's Twitter timeline is now flooded with tweets about his upcoming game with the Fort Worth Cats of United League Baseball, he made one thing clear:

According to Dan Landson of 8 News NOW in Las Vegas, police have officially named Canseco as a suspect in the case.

Landson is also reporting that Canseco has gained 2,500 Twitter followers since his tirade and subsequent naming as a suspect, so it's clear that plenty of people are interested to see what happens next in this bizarre saga.

Canseco has been retired from Major League Baseball since 2001, but he has managed to stay in the news since then. Due to this latest controversy, it doesn't seem Canseco is going away any time soon.


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