Asked if he has to revaluate who he hangs out with, Blatche said “No. Like I said, no. I’m telling you, y’all will hear the truth sooner or later. It’s just…a situation somebody would say. But trust me, no. when the time comes and I can talk about it, then everybody will realize that it’s not what you think.’’
Got a thought-provoking note from a friend who is a brilliant attorney and passionate Nets fan, though he is not a criminal defense lawyer. About the Andray Blatche situation he wrote:
We obviously don't know nearly enough to render ethical or legal judgment -- what was his relationship to the other guys? what did he know about what they were up to and whether in fact the victim was drugged? (assuming she was a victim, which I am inclined to ).
But we (and they) don't know nearly enough to absolve him either. Under anything but the best case scenario, what he did was ethically repugnant, and he could well be in legal jeopardy too, whether or not he was one of the assailants.
There's no legal duty to prevent (or report) crime, and it's not against the law to have a crime committed in one's hotel room, but people who knowingly provide the means for crimes to be committed (drugs, hotel rooms, cameras) can surely be prosecuted as accessories -- or at least threatened with prosecution and made to testify against the (even more) bad guys.
It doesn't surprise me that they didn't arrest him on the spot -- they knew for sure he wasn't the assailant and they know where to find him if they need him; but I think the case (and the fall-out from incident) are far from over.
It's all very sad.
In other words, just because Blatche was absolved of the crime of rape, it doesn't mean he's out of the woods ethically or even legally. As a legal matter, he's innocent until proven guilty, of course, but we dont have enough information yet to know whether he did something wrong.
Philadelphia Police will no longer release public details regarding an alleged rape that occurred in Andray Blatche's Four Seasons Hotel suite at 4 A.M. Monday night before the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the department told the New York Daily News in an e-mail.
From the Daily News:
"The Philadelphia Police Department will not release any detailed information regarding the investigation, nor will we release names of any person or person(s) potentially involved (victims, suspects, witness, etc). The information given yesterday was very preliminary and early in this investigation," the email said.
Ramsey had told the New York Times that Blatche had been present in the hotel suite when the alleged rape occurred, but that he did not commit the assault. Ramsey also questioned the credibility of the alleged victim, saying she was "so drunk...she is not going to be a good witness."
Lt. John Stanford, a Philadelphia police spokesman, said the department was not backtracking from Ramsey's comments.
"Commissioner Ramsey said it is in the beginning stages of the investigation," Stanford said. "Some people may have possibly misinterpreted his words."
Philadelphia's ABC affiliate also reported that samples of a date-rape drug were found in the hotel suite rented by Blatche, and that police found compromising photos of the alleged victim in Blatche's cell phone.
Ramsey, however, seemed to absolve Blatche of any wrongdoing. "From all accounts, (Blatche) was not personally in any kind of assault or anything like that," Ramsey told the Times. "He was there but not involved."
According to reports from ABC and CBS Philadelphia, date rape drugs were found in Blatche's suite, as well as compromising pictures of the alleged victim on Blatche's cell phone.