Twins third baseman Miguel Sano won’t be suspended by Major League Baseball in the wake of sexual assault allegations against him, the league declared on Friday.
Sano was accused of sexual assault in a December Twitter post by Minnesota photographer Betsy Bissen who claimed Sano tried to kiss her and pull her into a restroom amid an autograph signing at a shopping mall in 2015. “He finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door,” Bissen wrote. (www.si.com)
MLB propelled an investigation concerning the accusations and Sano was met by investigators and was interviewed in late February.
“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has completed its investigation into an assault allegation made against Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano,” MLB said in a statement. “The comprehensive investigation included interviews of more than 20 individuals, including Sano and the complainant, as well as a review of available documents, including communication records.” (www.si.com)
“At the conclusion of the investigation, the Office of the Commissioner found that there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sano, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation. Barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, the Office of the Commissioner will not impose discipline on Sano in connection with the alleged incident.” (www.si.com)
Sano, 24, was an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2017. He hit 28 home runs and led the Twins with a .859 OPS.