Jose Canseco often entertains us by tweeting ridiculous things that seem to make very little sense, but a series of tweets he sent on Wednesday afternoon were no laughing matter. Canseco claimed he had been accused of rape, and police later confirmed he is indeed a suspect in a sexual assault case.
The former MLB slugger started out by saying that Las Vegas police had gone to his house and informed him that he has been charged with rape. Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was able to capture the following tweets before Canseco deleted them.
Canseco then proceeded to tweet and delete a picture of the woman he says accused him and challenged her to take a lie detector test. He also offered to take one himself and dared the woman to “tell the truth.” In a statement sent to Larry Brown Sports and other media outlets, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that Canseco has been named as a suspect in a sexual assault case.
“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a Sexual Assault case,” the statement read. “Jose Conseco has been named as the suspect in this investigation. At this time no charges have been filed and our investigation remains ongoing. Per department policy neither victim information or investigation details are available for release.”
Canseco then turned his attention to his season debut with the United League Fort Worth Cats, which is scheduled for Thursday. Depending on how the story unfolds, it’s possible his career with the Cats could end before it begins.