A former sportswriter says she was the victim of sexual violence by an active MLB player in 2002.
Kat O'Brien, formerly of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram as well as Newsday, opened up in a recent New York Times opinion piece about a disturbing incident in which she claims she was raped by a player in a hotel room while she was working on a story.
O'Brien, who was 22 at the time, says she didn't tell a single person about the incident for 18 years, out of shame and fear, and was emboldened to speak out after reporter Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic came forth to detail a similarly disturbing incident involving a player luring a female reporter to a hotel room under the pretense of working on a story.
O'Brien says she and her assailant never spoke another word, but she suspects he told others. In one disturbing incident, a visiting "All-Star" player seemed to reference the encounter in the clubhouse in Arlington, while various false rumors about different affairs dogged the reporter's professional career. She says she turned down job opportunities to avoid seeing the player as much as possible.
The Notre Dame alum cited the Mets' recent firing of former general manager Jared Porter, who was revealed to have sexually harassed a female journalist, including sending her explicit images, as further inspiration to tell her story. The Mets on Monday fired two executives as part of an internal audit of a workplace culture that has been further revealed as hostile to women since the Porter revelations.