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Nets’ Andray Blatche questioned in sexual assault case in Philly

Jan 8, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: We have more details about the incident and the player involved was Andray Blatche, something he himself tweeted but has since taken down. Here is what it said, via Howard Beck of the New York Times.

“Im ok and I didn’t do anything jus was n the area when it happened”

In the tweet he confirms what had been suggested in an early report — that he was not being investigated for the sexual assault itself. Nobody has been charged in the case yet, although it is early in the investigation. Two other men reportedly brought in for questioning are not part of the Nets traveling party.

Blatche was considered a head case in Washington that the Wizards wanted to get rid of. The Nets took a chance on him this summer and he has played well for them with 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds a game, and he is shooting a career best 49.3 percent. He has a PER of 23.2 and is a guy discussed as a potential Most Improved Player candidate this season.

11:19 am: Be careful jumping to conclusions, we don’t have a lot of details yet. We don’t have any names.

What we do know from multiple reports is that a Brooklyn Nets player has been questioned in a sexual assault case at the Four Seasons hotel in Philly, where the team is staying in advance of their game against the Sixers Tuesday night.

Here are the few details we have, via NBCPhiladelphia.com.

Police tell NBC10 that a woman was taken from the Four Seasons Hotel on 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to a local hospital just before 4 a.m. The woman told police she was raped by someone inside the hotel, according to investigators.

They are questioning a man inside a Four Season’s hotel room regarding the incident. Police also say a Brooklyn Nets player was in the hotel suite at the time of the alleged incident but was not in the bedroom where it may have occurred.

This may not be the player himself but an associate (not that it in any way excuses the player, if this did indeed happen and he knew about it but did not stop it). Other reports have said a player and his “associates” were questioned at a police station (the Special Victim’s Unit office, to be specific). No charges have yet been filed against anyone for the alleged assault on the 21-year-old woman. The Nets released a statement essentially saying they know a player was questioned but nothing more.

We will update this as we get details.

  1. aboogy123456 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Writing this article only makes the nets look bad, and based on the evidence there’s no reason to think a Nets player actually did this. You say don’t jump to conclusions, but then you write an article about this? Profootballtalk waits until they have real information before writing things.

    • nbascreed - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      You’re so right. I read this and thought whyTF would they report this. But it’s all about click-thrus with this site. Just b/c of the headline this will be the highest click story over the next 24 hours (unless we learn more). Kurt knows this. He also knows that it’s a greater chance that someone clicks on their sponsors ad. That, and that alone, aboogy is why Kurt posted this.

      ktgotgame.com

      • csndrew - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        I don’t think Kurt did anything wrong by posting this story. He simply relayed the information that other outlets have reported. He cautioned his readers to not rush to judgment. He didn’t speculate on who it was, or anything like that. What’s the issue here?

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Have you seen the outrageous amount of viewers PFT gets! I get all stoked when one of these articles reaches 20-30 comments…PFT gets that in it’s first 30 minutes of the article being posted! Their “thumbs up/down” reaches in the hundreds, even thousands.

        Hell yeah that seems like the motive for Kurt to put out a half-ass story. But then again he wants us to hear it here first so he quickly puts it out so we stay informed. I’m cool with that. PBT isn’t really formal and kind of has the feel of an NBA junkie hangout spot. I like that, that’s why I keep coming back to this site everyday.

      • denverhoopdreams - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        I agree with csndrew. The two previous posts are extremely nitpicking and even a little bit biased. This article is only information that is already available elsewhere.

        Sure, there are sometimes spelling errors and other things that make you facepalm on the PBT at times, but this really isn’t one of those… so I’m pretty lost.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Profootballtalk once reported that Terry Bradshaw was dead…

    • skids003 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Guarenteed it’s a member of somebody’s “posse.”

      • csndrew - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        And we have a winner for Most Racist Comment of the Day…..

      • skids003 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        drew, that sure was a reach. What would you call them, “”hangersons.?” What a stupid comment.

  2. butterfacesareok - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Just another chick wanting money! first off noone for ed this retarded chick to the suite!

    • frankiebooboo - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Wow. They said don’t jump to conclusions and you took a straight nose dive. Not every nba groupie is out for money. And no still means no. And if she was looking for a payday she probably would’ve claimed rape by the player and not his “associate” who is more than likely a freeloading bum, friend, cousin or brother or whatever. Why don’t you wait for all the info before making stupid comments to offend women like myself who also enjoy this site.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      You know next to nothing of what really happened yet you feel comfortable judging a random person? Doesn’t this comment say more about you than anybody else? And let’s be honest… you’re here to talk about yourself.

  3. mrsandusky - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Good job Blatche

    • dondada10 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Not cool, Sandusky. Don’t make assumptions about which player commited a rape we don’t even know happened.

  4. BigBeachBall - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    She said she was 18 officer…l

  5. mogogo1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    “This may not be the player himself but an associate (not that it in any way excuses the player, if this did indeed happen).”
    __________________________

    What the heck does this sentence mean? That even if he was in no way involved it’s still the player’s fault? A sentence or two before that it says the player wasn’t even in the room when the alleged assault happened. But the rush to judgment can’t be held up, apparently.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      If the player knew a rape was taking place (assuming it did, I was not there) and he did nothing to stop it, then yes, I think he takes a lot of blame.

  6. zblott - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    If a player IS involved, he should just buy out her silence and then give his wife a $4 million ring to smooth things over with her. Then no part of it will seem suspicious and history will look back on the incident as if it was her fault because obviously she set the whole situation up to make money.

  7. doublestackjack - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    It was Andre Blatche and he was in the suite where the alleged assualt happened in the bedroom. He is playing tonight and also posted on his twitter he was questioned.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    As long as Kurt tells us not to jump to any conclusions, he’s cleared to go ahead and print anything he wants, right? If a conclusion is drawn, that’s on US, not him; so he’s covered.

  9. cbad760 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    kurt is ok here. just reporting what other news outlets have reported. thats what NBC sports talk does. i think in this case, the reason some are not happy is because curt is consistently hyper critical of the nets.

  10. scalfor3 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    And its being reported that Blatche is the one being questioned, although he’s not the actual suspect.

  11. Michael - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Early reports say it’s Andray Blatche.

  12. eflem80 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    its Blatche….

  13. pricejustin24 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    “I don’t think Kurt did anything wrong by posting this story. He simply relayed the information that other outlets have reported. He cautioned his readers to not rush to judgment. He didn’t speculate on who it was, or anything like that. What’s the issue here?”

    This is sarcasm, right? Lmao

  14. sportfandc - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Only one thing is certain. Blatche has made a career out of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Except for when it was time to sign that ridiculous Grunfeld contract extension.

  15. themagicfanguy - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Vucevic is the most improved player, not blatch.

  16. cosanostra71 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    And no one is surprised.

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