Cops question Rangers prospects for alleged sexual hazing

A bizarre hazing incident allegedly involving group masturbation now has a handful of Texas Rangers prospects in legal trouble in the Dominican Republic.

According to Yahoo Sports, eight Rangers prospects were questioned by police after a Snapchat video allegedly showed the players sexually assaulting an underaged teammate as a form of hazing at the Rangers’ practice complex in the Dominican Republic.

The Rangers told Yahoo Sports they are aware of the situation.

“The Texas Rangers became aware of an incident at our Academy in the Dominican Republic and we acted promptly to open an investigation,” the team said in a statement. “We have reported the incident and are cooperating fully with Major League Baseball and the authorities in the Dominican Republic. With this being an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment at this time.”

No players have been charged yet, according to Yahoo Sports, although at least four are expected to face consequences.

According to Yahoo Sports, both Rougned Odor, the younger brother of the Rangers star of the same name, and catcher Yohel Pozo, both 19 and among the Rangers’ brightest prospects, have been told not to leave the country.

Major League Baseball, which did not return a Daily News email for comment, is investigating the alleged assault and has reportedly placed the four players who could face charges on administrative leave.

The incident itself was first reported by Fox Sports last week, although it was hardly meant to be a secret when it first occurred: It was posted on Snapchat near the end of October, according to Yahoo Sports, which obtained a 10-second clip of the Snapchat video as well, and said it shows the “alleged victim in a Rangers shirt and Rangers shorts laying on a bed with his arms held behind his back and his legs pinned down.”

Allegedly, the victim’s penis is exposed and being “grabbed and maneuvered underneath a hand towel.” Everyone in the video is laughing, including the alleged victim, Yahoo Sports said.

Hazing is not uncommon among minor leaguers in Latin America. Citing sources, Yahoo Sports said the alleged assault was “one of a number of hazing incidents of Venezuelan and Colombian players, some of whom are younger than 18. Most of these initiations are less extreme, involving veterans shaving heads or removing a young player’s clothes. But police are looking into one more alleged masturbation incident, according to Yahoo Sports.

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