Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
The unnamed Net questioned in an alleged sexual assault case that took place early Tuesday morning has come to light.
After the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia broke the story that an unnamed Net was being questioned, a source confirmed to SNY.tv that the player being questioned was reserve power forward Andray Blatche.
The Philadelphia NBC affiliate added to the CBS report, saying that Blatche who at that point was unnamed, was in a suite with his entourage at the Four Seasons City Center in Philadelphia, but was not in the room where the alleged assault took place.
Blatche made the news public himself on Twitter early Tuesday afternoon by tweeting, “Im ok and I didn’t do anything jus was n the area when it happened.”
No charges have been filed against Blatche or any member of his party and in a statement released by Billy King, the Nets General Manager said that all players would be available later Tuesday when the Nets faced the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.
While Blatche was not directly involved with the alleged sexual assault, this is not the first time the mercurial 26-year-old has been involved with the law. In June of 2008, the then-Washington Wizard was arrested in Virginia on charges of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for the third time. Other Blatche brushes with the law include getting shot in the chest during a carjacking attempt and being charged with soliciting sex from an undercover police officer.
Blatche’s contract is for one year and $854, 389 and was non-guaranteed, but had it guaranteed by the Nets on Monday before this incident took place. On Thursday, all contracts league-wide become guaranteed for the rest of the season.
The 49th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of South Kent School, Blatche has flourished with his new opportunity under ex-Nets head coach Avery Johnson and now interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
He is averaging 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, both above his career averages, in 20.6 minutes per game. Most of his work has come with the second unit, of which he is a key part.
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