Blue Jays investigating more inappropriate conduct allegations against Alomar
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The new allegations date back to 2014 when Alomar worked for the Blue Jays. They involve a different woman than the one whose allegations led to Alomar being placed on MLB's permanently ineligible list last month.
Melissa Verge, who was 18 years old at the time the alleged incident took place, told Kennedy that Alomar offered her a private clubhouse tour while she was volunteering at his baseball camp run by the Blue Jays. She says he then pressed his body against hers and propositioned her for sex. Verge adds that he asked her the following day to go back to his hotel room with him.
Verge, now 24, says she told a team official at that time. The official, Rob Jack, was a friend of Alomar's, according to Kennedy. While Verge says Jack spoke to Alomar, who later offered what "seemed like an apology," there is no evidence that the complaint was brought to anyone higher up in the organization.
In a statement to Kennedy, the Blue Jays said they were "troubled to learn about Ms. Verge's experience in 2014 involving Roberto Alomar and another former employee. Since we were made aware of the incident by the Toronto Star, we have commenced an internal investigation using an outside firm." The team added that "where appropriate, (we will) hold people accountable for their actions."
Alomar and Jack did not respond to the Star's questions.
The Blue Jays also hired external investigators to look into separate allegations against Alomar from a third woman, according to Kennedy. The team confirmed to Kennedy that this investigation has been completed but offered no further details.
Alomar, a star on the Blue Jays' back-to-back World Series championship clubs in the 1990s, was placed on MLB's permanently ineligible list in April following commissioner Rob Manfred's investigation into allegations against him. The Blue Jays immediately severed all ties with Alomar, including removing his name from the Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre.
While the Baseball Hall of Fame is continuing to display his plaque, he's since resigned from Cooperstown's board of directors. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011.