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Andray Blatche speaks about sex assault incident
“Y’all will hear the truth sooner or later,” the Nets' Andray Blatche said about a police investigation regarding an alleged sexual assault incident in his Philadelphia hotel room earlier this week. “When the time comes and I can talk about it, everybody will realize it’s not what you think.”
Blatche spoke publicly about the matter for the first time after the team’s practice session at its New Jersey training center on Thursday. Asked if the last few days had been difficult for him, Blatche said, “As far as what? It’s been cool. As far as basketball, we’ve been winning, playing great. That’s what it’s about.”
Blatche was never accused of being involved in the alleged assault. He was only questioned by police.
He said he has had no difficulty keeping his mind on basketball. The incident became public before the Nets’ game Tuesday in Philadelphia, a 109-89 Nets victory in which Blatche scored 20 points and had seven rebounds and two assists.
“I have a job to do,” Blatche said Thursday. “I’m going to do my job. Not let nothing distract me.”
Police said the alleged assault involved a 21-year-old woman in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and that Blatche was not accused of any wrongdoing. Friends of Blatche were present and Thursday he was asked if he needed to evaluate people he hangs out with.
“No,” he said emphatically. “Trust me, no.”
The accuser spoke to Action News 6 in Philadelphia on Wednesday, embedded below:
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