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Starlin Castro cleared in another shooting in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday, many news outlets and blogs were reporting that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had been involved in yet another shooting outside a Dominican Republic nightclub, this one in Monte Cristi, Castro’s home town. Three weeks ago he was reportedly involved in another shooting outside a Dominican Republic nightclub in Santo Domingo.

In some early stories from the Dominican Republic, Castro was supposedly detained and questioned by police after a shooting at a nightclub last night. Other stories said he had been arrested in connection with a shooting at a nightclub.

As the day progressed, it became more unclear as to what role Castro had played in the shootings, if he had at all. Castro’s agent finally came out with a statement for the press stating that Castro had not been involved in the most recent shooting. He had gone to the police voluntarily to tell them he was not involved, though some people close to him may have been. The police cleared him of any wrongdoing. They had a video that clearly showed Castro was not involved.

The shooting in question occurred early yesterday morning and reportedly left six people wounded, one seriously. The police were holding Castro’s 22-year-old brother Yefri De Jesus Castro Tatis, following this latest incident. It was believed other people “close to Castro,” including his body guard, also were involved in the latest shooting. Other details about the shooting were not readily available.

This is not the first time Castro has found himself the center of attention in a nightclub shooting. Three weeks ago police in Santo Domingo questioned Castro about a shooting outside a nightclub in that city. He was cleared of any involvement in that shooting.

It’s quite clear that Castro is hanging out with the wrong people in his native Dominican Republic. With two incidents in three weeks involving a shooting,

Castro also found himself in trouble with the law in Chicago. After the 2011 season he was accused of sexual assault. In April 2012 the attorney general declined to bring criminal charges against Castro due to insufficient information.

How many times does one person, specifically Castro, need to be involved, directly or indirectly, with the law before he has someone explain to him that he needs to conduct himself in a manner fitting a major league baseball player? Not only does he bring shame on himself, but also on his team, and surely the Cubs do not want this type of publicity.


Note: Castro has spent his entire career with the Cubs, signing with the team in 2006 and making his MLB debut in 2010. Since then, he has appeared in three All-Star games. He signed a seven-year contract extension in August 2012 that runs through 2019 with a team option for 2020.

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