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Friday’s Mashup: Photographer accuses Miguel Sano of sexual assault

Lucy Burdge
December 29, 2017 - 7:55 am

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-- The #MeToo movement hit the MLB on Thursday when a photographer accused Miguel Sano of sexual harassment.

In a Twitter post, Minnesota photographer Betsy Bissen claims the Twins star sexually assaulted her in 2015.

While she was working at an autograph signing, Sano tried to flirt with Bissen and she did not reciprocate. Bissen said Sano wanted to go to the Apple store and wanted her to join him. He grabbed her wrist and she followed along because she did not want to make a scene. They spent about half an hour in the store before Sano wanted to leave.

“Their car was pulled around to a back hallway door,” Bissen wrote. “As we got outside, the athlete decided he needed to use the restroom. I asked my boss where it was and pointed to the door we just walked thru. Apparently I was too close, and the athlete took that as a signal that I wanted him to grab me and try to take me back thru that door.”

“I pulled back as he held onto my wrist,” she continued. “It hurt, how badly he was grasping at my wrist, but he wouldn't let go. I wasn't going to give up my fight though. He then leaned down and tried to kiss me, more than once. Every time he did, I said no and kept pulling back. I was in a squatted position with my wrist throbbing. I screamed, no one came to help me. He finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door. No, he didn't rape me, but he sure did assault me. When I said no, it should have been the end of it. He should have respected that and stopped. Instead, he hurt me and kept going.”

The Twins addressed the incident in a statement on Thursday.

In a statement released to TMZ, Sano denied the claims:

"I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today — it never happened. I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment. There is no place for it in our society."

-- Remember Tiger Woods’s Mac Daddy Santa costume last Christmas? Turns out it was more painful than it looked.

In a recent interview, Woods revealed dying the character’s goatee in 2016 burned his face.

"Every year I become this character, Mac Daddy Santa," Woods said. "The kids absolutely love it. They love when I do something crazy. Last year I burned my face off trying to dye my goatee which is never going to happen again. To me, that's fun. It provides something our family does every year. Even as they grow older, I'm still going to do it."

Woods did not tweet a picture of this year’s Mac Daddy Santa but we can assume he kept up the tradition without dying his facial hair.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Well, he was available. It is hard to get players at this time of year that have that kind of ability to help a team. We got that a couple of weeks ago with Kenny Britt and so things just worked out. We’ll see how it goes.” -- Bill Belichick, on the Patriots acquiring James Harrison