Mar 5, 2014; Kissimmee, FL, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed (57) pitches during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
According to Detroit’s Fox 2, Detroit Tigers relief pitcher, Evan Reed is being investigated for sexual assault.
A victim has come forth and alleged the sexual assault occurred the day before Opening Day, March 30, in Detroit. That alleged victim is currently being interviewed by Detroit police and the investigation is likely to take a couple weeks.
The Tigers issued the following statement, according to Fox 2:
"“The organization is aware of the very serious allegation that has been made against pitcher Evan Reed. This allegation is concerning and we are aware of an on-going investigation. It would be inappropriate for the ballclub to comment further at this time.”"
It appears unlikely, per that statement, that Reed would be suspended during the investigation. Should charges be filed, that will likely change.
Reed accompanied the Tigers to the West Coast for games against the Dodgers and Padres and has yet to be personally contacted by DPD.
Reed is being represented by former Oakland County Prosecutor, David Gorcyca.
"Reed’s attorney, David Gorcyca, also released a statement saying: I was informed this morning that the Detroit Police Department has opened an investigation involving Evan Reed. We are very confident that once a thorough and full investigation is completed, Mr. Reed will have nothing to fear.During the infancy of this investigation, no one should formulate any conclusions that a crime has been committed. Mr. Reed is currently on a 7-day West Coast road trip and has not been contacted by the Detroit Police Department. We plan on cooperating with the investigation when the time is appropriate. Until then, no further comment will be made by me or Mr. Reed.”"
Reed won a bullpen spot with a strong Spring Training. He’s pitched well in two appearances so far in 2014, allowing two hits and no runs in 2 1/3 innings.