Retired baseball player and boxer Jose Canseco, 48, is being investigated for the alleged rape of a fitness model earlier this month in Las Vegas. So he decided to call out his accuser on Twitter — using her name, sharing her personal information, and posting her photo. According to Bleacher Report, he even added her phone number.
Here are some of the things he shared with his 514,000+ Twitter followers:
• "Breaking news this is a first folks las vegas police was just at my house i have been charged with rape by a [accuser's name] from las vegas."
• "All media welcome to this drama filled event. Did i rape [accuser's name] or is she lieing. Stay tuned to another day in the life of jose canseco."
• "Ok setting up 2 polygraph exams about the sexual assault case one with the media and one with the police on the 5 of june. [accuser's name] polygraph?"
• "[Accuser's name] i will even pay for the polygraph what r u sfraid of if ur telling the truth i am taking 2 of them."
• "Why dont u and i take a polygraph on national tv.[accuser’s name] you know ur completely lieing y r u doing this."
• "[Accuser’s name] once i pass both of the polygraphs and u refuse to take one what do u think people will say about u."
• "Because of these false allegations by [accuser's name] i have already lost lots of financial opportunities."
• "This is [accuser's name]." He included a photo with her.
According to Dan Landson of 8 News NOW in Las Vegas, Jose gained about 2,500 Twiter followers after being named a suspect in the sexual assault case on May 22. He's probably gaining even more right now, and he's using that platform to publicly call out an alleged rape victim. For her part, Jose's ex-girlfriend, model/actress Leila Knight, told TMZ that he's a "gentle person" who always tells the truth and she feels "it's obvious that this is a publicity stunt, I mean — the girl's an aspiring actress." 'Cause what better way to make a name for yourself in Hollywood than to accuse someone of rape?!
There's not a whole lot of class to this sordid situation, but what do you think about Jose's decision to share all of that information publicly? It's one thing to want to defend yourself and clear your name, but calling out a rape accuser on Twitter probably isn't going to help his reputation.
Sources: Bleacher Report, @JoseCanseco, TheGloss