Andray Blatche questioned in sexual assault inquiry, reports say

January 8, 2013

Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets and two associates were questioned by Philadelphia police in connection with a sexual assault complaint, according to multiple reports.

“From all accounts, he was not personally involved in any kind of assault or anything like that,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said (via the New York Times). Blatche will not be charged.

(Getty Images) The Nets’ new home. (Getty Images)

“We are aware of the ongoing police investigation regarding a member of the Brooklyn Nets,” Nets General Manager Billy King said in a statement released by the team. “We will have no further comment until the investigation has concluded. All of our players are available for tonight’s game [against the76ers].”

Police would not say whether a Nets player had been questioned, but the New York Daily News identified the player as Blatche and, as the story was breaking, he tweeted: “Im ok and I didn’t do anything jus was n the area when it happened.”

Jillian Russell, a public affairs officer for the Philadelphia police, confirmed that there had been a sexual assault complaint at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. Russell told USA Today that no one has been detained and no charges are expected to be filed today.

CBSPhilly.com first reported that a 21-year old woman had filed a complaint alleging that she was sexually assaulted at about 4 a.m. in the Center City hotel. She was taken to a hospital and Blatche and others were taken to a Special Victims Unit for questioning. Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate describes an “alcohol-fueled party.” Philly’s NBC affiliate reports that a Nets player was in the suite but not in the bedroom in which the alleged assault occurred.

“The Philadelphia Police Department responded to a call to Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia early this morning (January 8),” the Four Seasons said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with the police investigation. We would advise all questions be directed to the Philadelphia Police Department.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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