Pirates aware Jung-ho Kang being investigated for sexual assault

Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang is being investigated for sexual assault. (Getty Images/Scott Kane)
Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang is being investigated for sexual assault. (Getty Images/Scott Kane)

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang is being investigated for sexual assault, according to the Chicago Tribune. Chicago police are investigating the 29-year-old infielder after a woman said he sexually assaulted her when the team was in Chicago in June.

Shortly after that story broke, Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement saying the team was aware of the allegations.

That statement read:

“We have been made aware of the allegation that has been made against Jung Ho Kang. We take allegations of this manner extremely seriously. Pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy on such matters, this matter is exclusively before the Commissioner’s Office at this time. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the Commissioner’s Office. As a result of the ongoing police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time. We have also advised our staff and our players that they should not comment on the matter either. We all need to be respectful to the police investigation of a very serious allegation.”

Kang has not been charged with a crime at this time.

Kang met the woman on a dating app while the team was in town in late June, according to the Tribune.

The woman told investigators she arrived at Kang’s room at the Westin Hotel around 10 p.m. and he served her an alcoholic drink, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. She said she blacked out about 15 to 20 minutes later, then drifted in and out of consciousness as he sexually assaulted her.

She told police she did not fully awaken until she was in a taxi and on her way home, according to Guglielmi.

The 23-year-old woman, who is not being identified because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime, went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to have a rape kit done on June 19, Guglielmi said. She filed a formal complaint with police 10 days later, sources said.

Through 48 games, Kang is hitting .250/.326/.520, with 11 home runs.

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