Cubs' Castro avoids sex assault charges
By THE SPORTS XCHANGE
|Shortstop Starlin Castro forces out Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco at second base. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said he was relieved on Saturday that he will not be charged with criminal sexual assault.
After an investigation by Chicago police found insufficient evidence to charge Castro, Cook County prosecutors decided on Friday not to pursue charges.
“I’m happy that we got it resolved,” Castro told MLB.com before Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. “I’m staying focused on the field and the game. I’m happy that the thing is over.”
Castro’s attorneys claimed the charges were baseless while the shortstop cooperated with the investigation, which began in January.
“We’re pleased for Starlin that this issue is resolved and glad that he can continue to keep his focus on baseball activities,” general manager Jed Hoyer said in a statement reported by MLB.com.
Castro said he has learned from the experience but has not allowed it to affect his play. He began the day hitting .352 and was tied for third in the National League with 19 hits and seven stolen bases.
“I came out to play every day and not think about that in my mind,” Castro said. “It’s kind of a tough thing to think about, but I stayed dialed in my mind and concentrated and played baseball.”