According to a report from the Associated Press (via ESPN), Jose Canseco was cleared of charges pressed against him by the Las Vegas Police Department on a rape case filed by a defendant who will remain nameless.
In related news, Canseco is now offering to sell the results of his polygraph test taken following the allegations that he was involved in the sexual assault claim. He posted that advertisement on Twitter:
Canseco first tweeted that he was a subject in the case back in May, but those tweets have since been removed, and LVPD officer Jose Hernandez called the case closed in the AP report. David K. Li of the New York Post had that story as it unfolded.
The 48-year-old slugger told the AP in a telephone interview that he was the "victim" in this case and took polygraph tests in two separate cities (Dallas and Las Vegas) to prove his innocence.
He was likely able to take a polygraph in Dallas because he was regionally located with the Fort Worth Cats, who he signed a contract with to be a player/coach for the first eight games of their United League season (via FWCats.com).
A must-follow on Twitter if you're into that sort of thing, Canseco has been adamant on the social networking site that he's suffered the wrath of a woman scorned and has posted continually on the issue prior to the announcement from LVPD on Friday.
A former MLB All-Star and the 1988 American League MVP, Canseco is no stranger to making headlines, even though his baseball career has been over for more than a decade. And he's back in the spotlight after being cleared of sexual assault charges on Friday.
Also a face of the MLB's steroid era of the mid 1990s, his 2005 book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big, proved to be one of the first public admissions of steroid use in the live ball era.
It's been quite the calendar year for Canseco, who also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in August in Nevada. At the time of that report (per the AP via ESPN), Canseco was on the hook for at least $500,000 in taxes owed to the IRS.
He enjoyed an 18-year career in the majors before hanging his cleats up for good in 2001, most notably playing with the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers before moving on to the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox late in his career.
Canseco was the 1986 AL Rookie of the Year and won four Silver Slugger awards during his MLB career.