Here’s some news that will probably kill whatever support you have for team hazing in organized sports. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan is reporting that at least four Texas Rangers prospects will be charged with sexual assault after the forced masturbation of an underage teammate in the Dominican Republic.
According to Passan, the victim was restrained by teammates and that part of the incident was caught on Snapchat. It’s also worth noting that one of the alleged hazers is the brother of Rougned Odor, Rougned Odor (yes, there are two of them):
Video of the alleged assault, which took place toward the end of October, was captured and posted on Snapchat, according to sources. A 10-second clip of video, obtained by Yahoo Sports, shows the alleged victim in a Rangers shirt and Rangers shorts laying on a bed with his arms held behind his back and his legs pinned down. At least four men are seen in addition to the alleged victim, whose penis is exposed, grabbed and maneuvered underneath a hand towel. All of the men in the video, including the alleged victim, are seen laughing.
The alleged assault was one of a number of hazing incidents of Venezuelan and Colombian players, some of whom were younger than 18, according to sources. More tenured players shaved the head of at least one new player and forced at least one other to take his clothes off, and sources said police are investigating at least one more allegation of forced masturbation.
Last week, Ken Rosenthal noted that three Rangers on the club’s Dominican Summer League team were arrested months ago.