An underage baseball prospect as the Texas Rangers’ baseball academy in the Dominican Republic was allegedly sexually assaulted by at least four teammates, reports Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Eight Rangers prospects were questioned by police and at least four are expected to be charged, including Rougned Odor, the younger brother of Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. In addition to the Dominican police, Major League Baseball and the Rangers are also investigating the incident.
Passan reports that the incident occurred a few weeks ago, and video of it was uploaded to Snapchat. What the video captured sounds disturbing:
A 10-second clip of video, obtained by Yahoo Sports, shows the alleged victim in a Rangers shirt and Rangers shorts laying on a bed with his arms held behind his back and his legs pinned down. At least four men are seen in addition to the alleged victim, whose penis is exposed, grabbed and maneuvered underneath a hand towel. All of the men in the video, including the alleged victim, are seen laughing.
There were a number of other “hazing” incidents targeting Colombian and Venezuelan players, including head shaving, forced nudity, and possibly another incident of “forced masturbation,” that are being investigated.
A Rangers staffer was told about the incident by an uninvolved player, and the team “immediately” reported the incident, triggering both a police and Major League Baseball investigation.