Betsy Bissen alleges that Miguel Sano, a third-baseman for the Minnesota Twins, attempted to drag her into the toilets of a shop where he was appearing at an autograph signing session. The alleged altercation happened at an autograph signing at a store where Bissen volunteered.
The Twins released a statement in regard to Bissen's tweets a few hours after she posted the allegations. She said Sano later grabbed her wrist and made her accompany him to an Apple store in the mall before trying to pull her into a restroom against her will. "It hurt, how badly he was grasping at my wrist, but he wouldn't let go", she writes. When Bissen pointed at the door, she wrote, "the athlete took that as a signal that I wanted him to grab me and try to take me back through that door". She resisted multiple times between screaming and pulling back, and he eventually stopped after about 10 minutes. I was in a squatted position with my wrist throbbing, I screamed, no one came to help me.
"I don't even want to think of what he may have done, had he got me thru (sic) that door", she wrote.
It's your run of the mill statement, but at the very least the Twins acknowledge that they're taking the allegations seriously. "Every time I have to hear about how great people thing Miguel Sano is, I'm reminded of how terrible he actually is and how he hurt me".
The Twins issued this statement: "Today the Minnesota Twins were made aware of allegations involving Miguel Sano at an offsite appearance during the 2015 season".
In an additional tweet, Bissen makes clear that there is no connection between this incident and the Twins reported interest in trading Sano this offseason. The club said it learned of the situation on Thursday. "No, he didn't rape me, but he sure did assault me", Bissen wrote.
In a separate Twitter post, Bissen said, "I want nothing more than to feel free of this burden I've carried with me since 2015". As the face of the Twins' surprising performance last season, he's key to the team's success moving forward. In doing so, she joined the ranks of women who have come come forward to tell of their own experiences with powerful men and misconduct under the hashtag term #metoo. "I understand why you didn't, but I wish you would have come to me". Bissen was able to ignore these comments until the first base coach asked for her number.
Sano, 24, is coming off an All-Star 2017 campaign that saw him hit.264 with 28 homers and 77 RBI.