Saturday, June 2, 2012

San Francisco Giant Pablo Sandoval faces possible sexual assault charges in Santa Cruz County

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is facing possible sexual assault charges in Santa Cruz County according to this report from Giants' beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.

Sandoval is on the disabled list with an injury to his wrist. He is set to begin a rehab assignment with the San Jose Giants and should be off the disabled list in a few weeks.

The Panda's attorney, Eric Geffen, told CSN Bay Area that, "On Friday, June 1, Pablo Sandoval voluntarily met with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department related to a consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature that took place on that day."

According to Baggarly's report, his sources confirm that a woman contacted the police and said that she was too drunk to give sexual consent.

Sandoval has a young daughter from a previous marriage and went through a divorce a few years ago.

This is bad news for the Panda and the Giants since he is their biggest star on the team.

Sandoval's reputation and image will take a hit as well due to these charges. The Giants don't need any off-field distractions and these charges could affect Sandoval at the plate.

The Giants are currently in second place in the NL West but have gained ground on the Dodgers in the past few days.