Report: Chicago police investigating Pirates infielder in sexual assault claim

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Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws to first base against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws to first base against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Chicago police are reportedly investigating a sexual assault allegation against Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Kang is under investigation for an incident that took place while the Pirates were in town last month. Kang is accused of allegedly serving a woman an alcoholic drink and sexually assaulting her in his room at the Westin Hotel on June 17, the same day the Pirates played a day game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The woman told investigators that upon having the drink at the players’ Mag Mile hotel, she blacked out about 15-20 minutes later and drifted in and out of consciousness as he assaulted her.

The 23-year-old woman later went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on June 19 to have a rape kit done. She filed a formal complaint with police 10 days later, sources told the Tribune.

Kang has not been charged with a crime.

MLB released a statement, which read:

Our understanding is that police in Chicago are investigating this very serious matter. Major League Baseball will monitor the progress of this investigation closely and will respond fully as additional facts emerge.

Similarly, Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement, saying:

We have been made aware of the allegation that has been made against Jung Ho Kang. We take allegations of this type 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.

According to police, the Chicago woman met Kang through Bumble, an app that allows only women to initiate conversations.

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