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Red Sox consultant Bill James appears to question validity of Kevin Spacey sexual assault claim

Alex Reimer
November 01, 2017 - 10:51 am

Bill James became the Godfather of baseball’s sabermetrics movement due to his proclivity for questioning conventional wisdom. But when it comes to the issue of sexual assault, it would be best if James tampered down his contrarianism. 

On Tuesday, the Red Sox consultant posted a poll on Twitter asking whether Kevin Spacey and other public figures should have to answer “unsubstantiated allegations about what happened 30 years ago.” Actor Anthony Rapp recently accused Spacey of making a forceful sexual advance towards him in the 1980s when he was 14 years old. 

In a statement, Spacey said he couldn’t remember the incident, while also apologizing to Rapp.

“Bill James is a consultant to the Red Sox. He is not an employee, nor does he speak for the club. His tweet is inappropriate, and we are addressing this with him directly,” the Red Sox told WEEI.com via email.

This isn’t the first time James has expressed a bizarre viewpoint about sexual misconduct. In 2012, James defended disgraced ex-Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s apparent complicity in Jerry Sandusky’s repeated assaults of underaged boys, saying it was “quite common 40 years ago” for grown men to shower with youngsters.

The Red Sox distanced themselves from James’ claims at the time as well.