In a tweet posted Thursday, photographer Betsy Bissen said Sano grabbed her wrist and tried to pull her inside a bathroom at a store in a mall after an autograph session and that the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Sano tried to kiss her several times. ESPN does not typically identify people who make accusations of sexual assault unless they have chosen to go public with their names.
In her post, Bissen described how Sano flirted with her without reciprocation during the autograph signing. She said Sano's agent and her former boss were also at the event. She said Sano later grabbed her wrist and made her accompany him to an Apple store in the mall before trying to pull her into a restroom against her will.
"Every time he did, I said no and kept pulling back," Bissen said in her Twitter post. "... I was in a squatted position with my wrist throbbing. I screamed, no one came to help me. He finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door.
"... Every time I have to hear how great people think Miguel Sano is, I'm reminded of how awful he actually is and how he hurt me."
Sano issued a statement Thursday denying the allegations.
"I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today -- it never happened," Sano said in the statement. "I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment. There is no place for it in our society."
Because sports fans are such a passionate lot, some will forgo reason by verbally savaging the accuser of someone they love to watch play a game. Sano has a chance to be a premier power hitter for the Twins, possibly another Harmon Killebrew. No doubt that has Twins fans excited. But before you let the baseball fan in you just instinctively lash out towards Ms. Bissen, try looking at this objectively for a moment. What incentive does she have to lie? Ms. Bissen has already had to put her Twitter account on "protected" mode due to the invective spewed towards her. And from what I can gather, she isn't seeking any monetary settlement from Sano and Twins. There seems to be literally zero upside for Bissen to fabricate this story.
In the end, the appropriate MLB officials will put forth their due diligence and thus make a decision on Sano accordingly. But if you're more concerned by the possibility that losing Sano puts the Twins further behind when trying to match the prowess of A.L heavyweights like the Astros, Yankees, Indians, et al, lemme just point out that your moral code is completely out of whack.