MLB says No Discipline for Sano after Investigating Assault Allegation

March 23, 2018 03:48 PM

The video above aired when the allegations were made in December.


Major League Baseball said Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not be suspended following an investigation into an allegation made by a photographer who has covered the team that he forcibly attempted to kiss her following an autograph session at a mall in 2015.

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Betsy Bissen tweeted in December that she screamed and resisted Sano until he gave up "after a solid 10 minutes of fighting." Bissen, who has worked for publications including the popular fan blog Twins Daily, said in her tweet that she long feared that telling her story would cost her access to photograph Twins games.

Sano denied the allegations.

RELATED: Photographer Accuses Twins' Miguel Sano of Assault

On Friday, the commissioner's office stated it had completed its investigation, which it said included interviews with more than 20 individuals including Sano and Bissen, as well as a review of available documents, including communication records.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, the Office of the Commissioner found that there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sano, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation," a statement read.

"Baring the receipt of any new information or evidence, the Office of the Commissioner will not impose discipline on Sano in connection to the alleged incident."

Sano also released a statement Friday.

"I want to thank Major League Baseball for conducting a thorough investigation and I’m happy to put this behind me," it read. "I look forward to focusing on the upcoming season and playing alongside my teammates. I want to thank my family, friends, the Players Association, the Minnesota Twins and my fans for their continued support."

Sano made the American League All-Star team in 2017, his third major league season. He batted .264 with 28 homers and 77 RBIs, despite missing the last six weeks of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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