Blatche on Philly case: “Jus was n the area”

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Andray Blatche’s name was being whispered this morning when news broke that Philadelphia police were investigating an alleged sexual assault. The whispers ended with one Tweet.

When “it happened” — and exactly what “it constituted” was not yet clear.

CBS Philly cited an unidentified police source in reporting that a 21-year-old female filed a complaint that alleged she was sexually assaulted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City at about 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

According to the report, police responded and hotel management is cooperating fully with the investigation. No charges have been filed and the player has yet to be questioned.

Nets GM BIlly King issued a statement that said, “We are aware of the ongoing police investigation regarding a member of the Brooklyn Nets. We will have no further comment until the investigation has concluded. All of our players are available for tonight’s game.”

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  1. In a further update, the Phila. Commissioner revealed that the woman was likely too intoxicated to be a good witness.
    Also Blatche was asked by a Phila reporter after today’s shoot around, why the young woman had to go to the hospital so early in the morning. He replied, “maybe she was sick”.

    A rape kit has been ordered. The other 2 men who were questioned by police were ages 41 and 25 and not part of the Nets traveling team.

  2. New developments have formally cleared Blatche. He WAS questioned by police (as a possible witness) and the Phila Police Commissioner announced he would NOT be charged.
    There isn’t much to this story, except I hope he got enough sleep because he is needed for tonight’s game. He was probably celebrating the formal announcement (at 5PM yesterday) that his contract was no longer conditional.

    BTW, Blatche is #9 in the NBA in efficiency (PER) this season, behind his teammate Brook Lopez (#5). Blatche and Lopez are the only players on that top 10 list who aren’t superstars or big All Stars.

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