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Cubs’ Espstein: accused Marmol “may in fact be a victim”
MESA, Ariz. — Cubs president Theo Epstein continued to strongly support closer Carlos Marmol amid a civil suit in the Dominican Republic alleging a domestic assault incident in October.
Epstein also said the club had no knowledge of the allegations when it came close to trading Marmol to the Los Angeles Angels in November. “We became aware of it when there became media reports [in the past two weeks],” he said.
On Friday, the case against Marmol was sent to the high court in the Dominican. Marmol’s attorneys, meanwhile, have filed a countersuit claiming extortion and blackmail by the 24-year-old accuser.
Marmol was expected to arrive in Phoenix Sunday night.
Epstein said that after investigating, the team believes in Marmol’s innocence.
“I think it’s the organization’s responsibility to take all accusations of that nature very seriously. Any incident like that, especially if it involves a woman, you have to take it extremely seriously,” he said. “So it was our decision to look into it a little bit. We don’t have necessarily all the information; obviously, we weren’t there. But every piece of information that we were able to gather backs up Carlos’ story that he’s guilty of no wrongdoing whatsoever and may in fact be a victim here if this case continues to be pursued like this.
“All we can do is evaluate it on the merits, and so far what we’ve seen backs Carlos’ story, and we’re going to continue to support him,” Epstein added. “And we expect this matter will be behind us shortly, based on the way it’s proceeding in the Dominican courts.”