Andray Blatche questioned by Philadelphia police following an alleged rape, cops say Brooklyn Nets forward wasn’t involved
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PHILADELPHIA — A night of partying turned into involvement in a sexual assault investigation for Andray Blatche as the Nets center took to the basketball court Tuesday night with a bad reputation renewed.
According to sources, the Nets center was questioned and released by Philadelphia police about an alleged rape that occurred in his hotel room Tuesday morning. Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey told the New York Times that another man committed the alleged rape, but Blatche was present in the hotel suite at the time.
According to the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, samples of a date-rape drug were found in the hotel suite rented by Blatche. The station also reported that police confiscated Blatche’s cell phone, finding “compromising pictures of the alleged victim.”
Blatche reportedly picked up the woman at a Philadelphia strip club, and they partied with a group of at least six people at the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City.
The 21-year-old woman told police she was raped by one man and had consensual sex with another, according to Ramsey. Two other men were reportedly still in custody as of Tuesday evening, as the police tried to gather DNA evidence.
Ramsey seemed to absolve Blatche of any wrongdoing, telling the Times that the Nets player was released without being charged.
Blatche played in the Nets’ 109-89 win over the Sixers on Tuesday, scoring 20 points. He played with energy, without a trace of the chaotic previous 18 hours.
“From all accounts, (Blatche) was not personally in any kind of assault or anything like that,” Ramsey told the Times. “He was there but was not involved.”
Ramsey curiously knocked the credibility of the alleged victim, saying she was “so drunk... she is not going to be a good witness.”
A woman at Ramsey’s office said she didn’t know about the commissioner’s comments and couldn’t confirm their validity. The same phone number was then busy or off the hook for several hours.
Blatche, a 26-year-old Syracuse product who, according to a team source, “keeps a shady entourage,” acknowledged his involvement on Twitter. The incident allegedly occurred just hours after Blatche’s one-year deal with the Nets became guaranteed. He apparently celebrated with intensity.
“I’m ok and I didn’t do anything jus was n the area when it happened,” Blatche wrote to his Twitter followers late Tuesday morning, before deleting the tweet about an hour later.
Blatche hid from reporters before Tuesday’s game and afterwards left before reporters were allowed into the locker room.
Nets GM Billy King issued a brief statement confirming that a member of the organization was involved in an investigation, but declined to discuss it further.
Before Blatche was revealed as the player interviewed by police, his teammates were grilled by Philadelphia TV reporters in interviews that sounded like police inquisitions.
“You’re a tool, man,” Deron Williams responded to one reporter.
“What’s wrong with you? Where are you from? What news are you with?”
Williams reached his limit when asked, “How are the Philadelphia police treating you?”
Blatche was rejuvenating his career and image in Brooklyn, averaging 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds before Tuesday’s game. Problems on and off the court plagued him during seven seasons in Washington, where he was shot in a robbery attempt, arrested for soliciting a prostitute, arrested for driving with a suspended license, derided for his partying and poor fitness and eventually waived via the amnesty clause after last season.
The Nets signed him to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal in the summer, championing his weight loss and renewed commitment. His contract became guaranteed at the 5 p.m. deadline on Monday.
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