Thursday, October 13, 2011

Two ValleyCats are in some trouble

We don't know which two ValleyCats are in trouble, but police are involved and the ValleyCats are cooperating.

Two members of the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball team were not charged in an incident in which a waitress told police one player sexually groped her and another injured her arm as she worked at a downtown bar.

A police report obtained by the Times Union indicates the waitress, a 21-year-old Colonie woman, filed a complaint with Albany police on Sept. 3, a week after the incident at the Bayou Cafe on North Pearl Street.

The identities of the suspects, one a pitcher and the other an outfielder, are being withheld by the Times Union because they could not be reached for comment. Both men played for the ValleyCats in the season that ended Sept. 4.

The unidentified woman:
"When (the player) grabbed my chest and my butt, he's like, 'Do you know who I am ... I play for the ValleyCats,'" the woman said Wednesday. "He thought it was OK because he's a ValleyCat ... I know right from wrong."

Going on:
The woman said a bouncer made the player who allegedly grabbed the waitress leave the bar after the incident, but the other players stayed behind. An argument later ensued between the remaining players and a bouncer. The woman said at least two players "were just screaming in my face" and that another player allegedly grabbed her arm and squeezed it, causing a deep bruise.

Bar owner:
"At that point I said, 'Screw this, we're calling the cops,'" Spillenger said. "Who the hell has a right to grab a girl like that. ... I took her up to the computer and I got on the ValleyCats' roster and she identified every one of them."

However, this is odd:
The police report indicates the incidents took place between 12:15 and 3:19 a.m. Aug. 27, when the team was out of state. It's unclear if the police report, which misspelled the victim's name, listed the wrong date.

Look at the roster if you want, but we certainly won't be speculating on which ValleyCats may be involved.